News headlines about AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog 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. AMERCO earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.6317694847495 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of AMERCO (NASDAQ UHAL) traded down $0.82 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $378.84. 58,324 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 78,875. The company has a market capitalization of $7,440.00, a P/E ratio of 22.88 and a beta of 1.11. AMERCO has a 52-week low of $338.30 and a 52-week high of $400.99. The company has a current ratio of 2.60, a quick ratio of 2.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12.

AMERCO (NASDAQ:UHAL) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The transportation company reported $6.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $7.18 by ($0.82). The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $975.90 million. AMERCO had a return on equity of 11.28% and a net margin of 9.30%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $9.01 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that AMERCO will post 22.6 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 21st will be paid a $0.50 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 20th.

UHAL has been the topic of several analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded shares of AMERCO from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of AMERCO from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th.

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AMERCO is a do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary, U-Haul International, Inc (U-Haul). The Company supplies its products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods through U-Haul. It sells U-Haul brand boxes, tape, and other moving and self-storage products and services to do-it-yourself moving and storage customers at its distribution outlets and through and eMove Websites.

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