Headlines about Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Republic Services earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.8470502389522 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Republic Services (RSG) traded up $0.12 on Friday, hitting $68.38. 963,029 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,370,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 0.51 and a current ratio of 0.54. The company has a market capitalization of $22,850.00, a P/E ratio of 28.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.12 and a beta of 0.61. Republic Services has a twelve month low of $56.83 and a twelve month high of $69.12.

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The business services provider reported $0.67 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $2.57 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.54 billion. Republic Services had a net margin of 8.15% and a return on equity of 10.58%. Republic Services’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.62 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Republic Services will post 2.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.345 per share. This represents a $1.38 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. Republic Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 58.47%.

Republic Services announced that its board has authorized a share buyback program on Thursday, November 2nd that allows the company to buyback $2.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on RSG. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Republic Services from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Bank of America dropped their target price on shares of Republic Services from $72.00 to $70.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Stifel Nicolaus raised shares of Republic Services from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $70.00 to $73.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on shares of Republic Services from $69.00 to $67.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets dropped their price target on shares of Republic Services from $72.00 to $70.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $68.14.

In related news, CEO Donald W. Slager sold 98,132 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.19, for a total transaction of $6,299,093.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 322,541 shares in the company, valued at $20,703,906.79. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CAO Brian A. Goebel sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.88, for a total transaction of $135,760.00. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 6,696 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $454,524.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 134,553 shares of company stock valued at $8,644,937. Corporate insiders own 0.40% of the company’s stock.

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Republic Services Company Profile

Republic Services, Inc is a provider of non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, recycling and energy services. The Company’s segments include Group 1, Group 2 and Corporate entities. Its Group 1 and Group 2 segments provide integrated waste management services. Group 1 consists of geographic areas located in the western and portions of the mid-western United States.

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