Headlines about Air Lease (NYSE:AL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Air Lease earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.3009368764318 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Air Lease (NYSE AL) opened at $43.88 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.35. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,630.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.66 and a beta of 1.73. Air Lease has a twelve month low of $34.42 and a twelve month high of $50.70.

Air Lease (NYSE:AL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The transportation company reported $1.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.19. The company had revenue of $398.47 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $380.93 million. Air Lease had a return on equity of 10.91% and a net margin of 49.87%. Air Lease’s revenue was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.48 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Air Lease will post 4.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 6th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 20th will be issued a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 19th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.91%. Air Lease’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 10.96%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on AL. Zacks Investment Research raised Air Lease from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. ValuEngine lowered Air Lease from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $57.00 target price (up previously from $55.00) on shares of Air Lease in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. UBS Group reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $32.00 target price (up previously from $31.00) on shares of Air Lease in a research note on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Citigroup upped their target price on Air Lease from $46.00 to $53.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $52.05.

In other news, Chairman Steven F. Udvar-Hazy sold 9,150 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.25, for a total transaction of $395,737.50. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 926,962 shares in the company, valued at approximately $40,091,106.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Jie Chen sold 52,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total value of $2,340,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 78,150 shares of company stock valued at $3,532,648 over the last quarter. 9.76% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Air Lease Company Profile

Air Lease Corporation is an aircraft leasing company. The Company is principally engaged in purchasing new commercial jet transport aircraft directly from aircraft manufacturers, such as The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Airbus SAS. (Airbus), and leasing those aircraft to airlines across the world. Along with its leasing activities, the Company sells aircraft from its operating lease portfolio to third parties, including other leasing companies, financial services companies and airlines.

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