News stories about KBR (NYSE:KBR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. KBR earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the construction company an impact score of 45.4400980472153 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of KBR (NYSE:KBR) traded up $0.27 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $19.11. 1,314,491 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,038,785. The firm has a market cap of $2,689.53, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.10, a P/E/G ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.04. KBR has a 52 week low of $13.36 and a 52 week high of $21.25. The company has a quick ratio of 1.30, a current ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59.

KBR (NYSE:KBR) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The construction company reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.30 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $1.03 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.05 billion. KBR had a net margin of 1.63% and a return on equity of 10.22%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($0.44) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that KBR will post 1.47 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. KBR’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 62.75%.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of KBR from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Credit Suisse Group lifted their price objective on shares of KBR from $19.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. DA Davidson cut shares of KBR from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. TheStreet upgraded shares of KBR from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of KBR from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. KBR presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $21.00.

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KBR Company Profile

KBR, Inc is a provider of professional services and technologies across the asset and program life-cycle within the government services and hydrocarbons industries. The Company operates through business segments, including Technology & Consulting (T&C), Engineering & Construction (E&C), Government Services (GS), Non-strategic Business and Other.

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