News stories about Ryder System (NYSE:R) have trended somewhat negative on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Ryder System earned a news sentiment score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 45.1840876513985 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Ryder System (R) opened at $76.14 on Wednesday. Ryder System has a one year low of $62.52 and a one year high of $90.26. The company has a market cap of $4,052.78, a P/E ratio of 5.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.91 and a beta of 1.52. The company has a current ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 0.62 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.62.

Ryder System (NYSE:R) last released its earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The transportation company reported $1.37 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.01. Ryder System had a net margin of 1.21% and a return on equity of 3.39%. The company had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.84 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.07 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 12.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Ryder System will post 5.59 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. This is a boost from Ryder System’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. Ryder System’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 13.97%.

Ryder System announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Thursday, December 14th that permits the company to buyback 1,500,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the transportation company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.

R has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ryder System from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, January 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $73.00 price objective (down previously from $94.00) on shares of Ryder System in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. Buckingham Research reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective (down previously from $101.00) on shares of Ryder System in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. KeyCorp reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $95.00 price objective (down previously from $100.00) on shares of Ryder System in a research note on Tuesday, February 20th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Ryder System in a research note on Friday, February 23rd. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $88.00.

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Ryder System Company Profile

Ryder System, Inc is engaged in offering transportation and supply chain management solutions. The Company operates through three segments: Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), which provides leasing, commercial rental, contract maintenance, and contract-related maintenance of trucks, tractors and trailers to customers principally in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS), which provides vehicles and drivers as part of a dedicated transportation solution in the United States, and Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), which provides supply chain solutions, including distribution and transportation services in North America and Asia.

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