Press coverage about Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Service Corporation International earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 44.1931257070886 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.

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

SCI has been the subject of several research reports. BidaskClub raised Service Corporation International from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Service Corporation International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 target price on shares of Service Corporation International in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $39.75.

Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) traded down $0.16 on Wednesday, hitting $37.49. The stock had a trading volume of 750,288 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,060,777. The stock has a market capitalization of $6,987.02, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.36, a P/E/G ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 0.96. Service Corporation International has a one year low of $26.50 and a one year high of $37.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.65.

Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $731.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.62 million. Service Corporation International had a return on equity of 24.85% and a net margin of 11.83%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.26 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Service Corporation International will post 1.49 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.60%. Service Corporation International’s payout ratio is currently 31.58%.

In related news, VP Elisabeth G. Nash sold 47,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.64, for a total transaction of $1,675,080.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 164,441 shares in the company, valued at $5,860,677.24. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director W Blair Waltrip sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.07, for a total value of $70,140.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 661,409 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $23,195,613.63. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 464,700 shares of company stock valued at $16,248,830 in the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

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About Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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