News stories about Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lamar Advertising earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 45.5837152218022 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Lamar Advertising (LAMR) opened at 67.82 on Friday. Lamar Advertising has a 52-week low of $58.68 and a 52-week high of $79.09.

Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.94 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.31 by ($0.37). The company had revenue of $397.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $399.09 million. Lamar Advertising had a net margin of 19.75% and a return on equity of 28.21%. The business’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.84 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that Lamar Advertising will post $3.11 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 29th. Investors of record on Friday, September 15th were issued a $0.83 dividend. This represents a $3.32 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.90%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 14th. Lamar Advertising’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 109.21%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Lamar Advertising from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on shares of Lamar Advertising from $75.00 to $68.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, September 18th. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $66.00 price objective (down from $69.00) on shares of Lamar Advertising in a research note on Friday, August 11th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Lamar Advertising from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, MKM Partners dropped their target price on shares of Lamar Advertising from $72.00 to $64.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $73.00.

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Lamar Advertising Company Profile

Lamar Advertising Company is an outdoor advertising company in the United States. The Company operates in the advertising segment. The Company sells advertising on billboards, buses, shelters, benches and logo plates. It operates three types of outdoor advertising displays: billboards, logo signs and transit advertising displays.

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