Media stories about Aecom (NYSE:ACM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aecom earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the construction company an impact score of 45.8429879228053 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Aecom (NYSE ACM) traded up $0.39 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $37.88. The stock had a trading volume of 871,325 shares, compared to its average volume of 989,230. Aecom has a fifty-two week low of $30.15 and a fifty-two week high of $40.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.20 and a quick ratio of 1.20. The stock has a market cap of $5,988.15, a P/E ratio of 12.92, a P/E/G ratio of 2.04 and a beta of 1.73.

Aecom (NYSE:ACM) last posted its earnings results on Monday, November 13th. The construction company reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. Aecom had a return on equity of 12.12% and a net margin of 1.86%. The business had revenue of $4.86 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.63 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.65 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Aecom will post 2.66 earnings per share for the current year.

Aecom announced that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan on Thursday, September 21st that permits the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the construction company to repurchase up to 18.3% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Aecom from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 11th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, September 5th. Citigroup set a $40.00 price target on Aecom and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, August 17th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $36.00 price target on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, UBS reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price target (down from $40.00) on shares of Aecom in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. Aecom currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $32.70.

In other news, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 56,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.86, for a total value of $2,093,648.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Michael S. Burke sold 30,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.00, for a total value of $1,110,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 154,362 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,711,394. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.14% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Aecom

AECOM is engaged in designing, building, financing and operating infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations. The Company’s segments include design and consulting services (DCS), construction services (CS) and management services (MS). Its DCS segment is engaged in planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients in major end markets, such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.

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