Media stories about Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Caseys General Stores earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 48.4571605221486 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Caseys General Stores (CASY) opened at 105.21 on Friday. Caseys General Stores has a one year low of $99.76 and a one year high of $126.49. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $106.08 and its 200-day moving average is $109.45. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.06 billion, a PE ratio of 23.48 and a beta of 0.50.

Caseys General Stores (NASDAQ:CASY) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, September 5th. The company reported $1.46 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.46. Caseys General Stores had a net margin of 2.19% and a return on equity of 13.99%. The business had revenue of $2.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.16 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.70 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Caseys General Stores will post $4.40 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 1st will be given a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.99%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, October 31st. Caseys General Stores’s dividend payout ratio is presently 24.53%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on CASY shares. Jefferies Group LLC set a $139.00 price target on shares of Caseys General Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 18th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “sector perform” rating and set a $121.00 price objective (down from $123.00) on shares of Caseys General Stores in a research report on Monday, May 29th. BMO Capital Markets set a $116.00 price objective on shares of Caseys General Stores and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Caseys General Stores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, Sidoti cut shares of Caseys General Stores from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $130.00 to $118.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Caseys General Stores has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $115.29.

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In other news, SVP John C. Soupene sold 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.52, for a total value of $106,520.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 1,253 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $133,469.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 1.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Caseys General Stores Company Profile

Casey’s General Stores, Inc and its subsidiaries, operate convenience stores under the name Casey’s General Store in approximately 10 Midwestern states, in Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. The Company also operates approximately two stores selling primarily tobacco products. The stores carry a range of food, including freshly prepared foods such as pizza, donuts, and sandwiches, beverages, tobacco products, health and beauty aids, automotive products and other nonfood items.

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