Media headlines about Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Trinity Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 44.2758472244634 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Seaport Global Securities assumed coverage on Trinity Industries in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Trinity Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine upgraded Trinity Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 price target on shares of Trinity Industries in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Cowen increased their price target on Trinity Industries from $36.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $35.25.

Shares of Trinity Industries (TRN) opened at $31.90 on Friday. Trinity Industries has a 12 month low of $25.01 and a 12 month high of $38.25. The company has a quick ratio of 2.62, a current ratio of 3.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $4,841.91, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 2.07.

Trinity Industries announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback program on Tuesday, December 12th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the transportation company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 12th were paid a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 11th. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.63%. Trinity Industries’s payout ratio is presently 34.67%.

In related news, major shareholder Valueact Capital Master Fund, acquired 425,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $32.88 per share, with a total value of $13,974,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, SVP William A. Mcwhirter sold 20,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.90, for a total transaction of $738,000.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 191,339 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,060,409.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Trinity Industries Company Profile

Trinity Industries, Inc is a diversified industrial company that owns businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation and construction sectors. The Company’s products and services include railcars and railcar parts; parts and steel components; the leasing, management and maintenance of railcars; highway products; construction aggregates; inland barges; structural wind towers; steel utility structures; storage and distribution containers, and trench shields and shoring products.

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