News articles about Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Marten Transport earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.0409094992086 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Marten Transport (MRTN) opened at $20.45 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $1,114.97, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.53 and a beta of 1.34. Marten Transport has a twelve month low of $12.81 and a twelve month high of $21.15.

Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The transportation company reported $0.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.13 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $170.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $169.67 million. Marten Transport had a net margin of 4.87% and a return on equity of 7.45%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.26 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Marten Transport will post 0.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 22nd will be issued a $0.025 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 21st. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.49%. Marten Transport’s dividend payout ratio is presently 16.39%.

MRTN has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus set a $15.00 price target on shares of Marten Transport and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub cut shares of Marten Transport from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Marten Transport from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th.

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About Marten Transport

Marten Transport, Ltd. is a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier. The Company focuses on transporting and distributing food and other consumer-packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. The Company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal and Brokerage.

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