News headlines about ABM Industries (NYSE:ABM) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing 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. ABM Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the business services provider an impact score of 46.3009116159979 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

ABM Industries (NYSE:ABM) opened at $36.32 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $2,380.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.13 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a current ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 1.63 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84. ABM Industries has a 52-week low of $33.70 and a 52-week high of $45.12.

ABM Industries (NYSE:ABM) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, December 13th. The business services provider reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.12). The firm had revenue of $1.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.49 billion. ABM Industries had a return on equity of 9.74% and a net margin of 0.07%. The firm’s revenue was up 13.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.51 EPS. equities analysts expect that ABM Industries will post 2.1 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, February 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 4th were given a dividend of $0.175 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, January 3rd. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.93%. This is a positive change from ABM Industries’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. ABM Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently 50.36%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the stock. TheStreet lowered shares of ABM Industries from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ABM Industries from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $47.50.

In other news, Director Linda Chavez sold 2,103 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.89, for a total transaction of $81,785.67. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 16,557 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $643,901.73. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.81% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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ABM Industries Company Profile

ABM Industries Incorporated is a provider of integrated facility solutions. The Company operates through five segments: Janitorial, Facility Services, Parking, Building & Energy Solutions, and other. Its Janitorial segment provides a range of cleaning services for commercial office buildings, data centers, educational institutions, government buildings, health facilities, industrial buildings, retail stores, sport event facilities and transportation hubs.

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