Media headlines about Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Exponent earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.5102640305959 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Exponent from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. restated a “hold” rating and issued a $77.00 price objective on shares of Exponent in a report on Thursday, October 19th. ValuEngine upgraded Exponent from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and issued a $82.00 price objective on shares of Exponent in a report on Sunday, November 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $80.00.

Exponent (NASDAQ EXPO) opened at $73.60 on Friday. Exponent has a twelve month low of $55.75 and a twelve month high of $77.15. The company has a market capitalization of $1,875.15, a P/E ratio of 39.70 and a beta of 0.58.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The business services provider reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.09. Exponent had a return on equity of 17.21% and a net margin of 16.46%. The company had revenue of $87.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $79.69 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.42 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that Exponent will post 2.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.14%. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 40.98%.

In other news, CEO Paul R. Johnston sold 4,095 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.84, for a total value of $269,614.80. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 57,240 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,768,681.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Paul R. Johnston sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.49, for a total value of $322,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 66,335 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,277,944.15. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 38,993 shares of company stock worth $2,678,025. Corporate insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

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Exponent Company Profile

Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.

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