News articles about FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FactSet Research Systems earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 47.673331850455 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) traded up $1.16 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $195.34. The stock had a trading volume of 443,349 shares, compared to its average volume of 475,121. FactSet Research Systems has a 52-week low of $155.09 and a 52-week high of $207.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 2.64 and a quick ratio of 2.04. The firm has a market cap of $7,640.00, a PE ratio of 29.51, a PEG ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 0.97.

FactSet Research Systems (NYSE:FDS) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, December 19th. The business services provider reported $2.04 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.98 by $0.06. FactSet Research Systems had a return on equity of 54.65% and a net margin of 20.76%. The firm had revenue of $329.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $330.49 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.75 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 14.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that FactSet Research Systems will post 8.32 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 19th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 30th were given a dividend of $0.56 per share. This represents a $2.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 29th. FactSet Research Systems’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.84%.

Several brokerages have weighed in on FDS. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $169.00 price target (up from $163.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on FactSet Research Systems from $166.00 to $171.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Northcoast Research raised FactSet Research Systems from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $195.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $200.00 price target (up from $190.00) on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of FactSet Research Systems in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. FactSet Research Systems has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $183.46.

In related news, Director James J. Mcgonigle sold 1,186 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $193.92, for a total value of $229,989.12. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,754 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,412,455.68. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Scott A. Billeadeau sold 2,419 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $192.30, for a total transaction of $465,173.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 4,419 shares in the company, valued at $849,773.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 6,405 shares of company stock worth $1,234,723 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 2.80% of the company’s stock.

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About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas.

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