Media coverage about DST Systems (NYSE:DST) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. DST Systems earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news articles about the technology company an impact score of 62 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for DST Systems (NYSE:DST)

Shares of DST Systems (DST) traded down 1.59% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $59.24. 973,803 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $3.66 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 6.30 and a beta of 1.32. DST Systems has a 52-week low of $47.26 and a 52-week high of $122.11. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $60.77 and a 200 day moving average price of $58.35.

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The technology company reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $379.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $368.80 million. DST Systems had a return on equity of 17.85% and a net margin of 40.00%. The company’s revenue was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.81 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that DST Systems will post $3.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 9th. Investors of record on Friday, May 26th were given a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.43%. This is a positive change from DST Systems’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.35. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, May 24th. DST Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 7.42%.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of DST Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $67.50 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, March 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of DST Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 10th.

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In related news, CEO Stephen C. Hooley sold 10,000 shares of DST Systems stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.23, for a total value of $1,252,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 64,703 shares in the company, valued at $8,102,756.69. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Jonathan J. Boehm sold 5,000 shares of DST Systems stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $125.00, for a total value of $625,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 47,692 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,961,500. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders purchased 489 shares of company stock valued at $59,738 and sold 25,000 shares valued at $3,098,500. 1.82% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About DST Systems

DST Systems, Inc (DST) is a provider of technology-based information processing and servicing solutions. The Company offers its solutions through data management, business processing and customer communications solutions to clients within the asset management, brokerage, retirement and healthcare markets.

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