Media headlines about ePlus (NASDAQ:PLUS) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ePlus earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the software maker an impact score of 45.4925569504381 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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A number of research firms have issued reports on PLUS. BidaskClub raised ePlus from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded ePlus from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Sidoti downgraded ePlus from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 8th. Finally, ValuEngine raised ePlus from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $78.00.

PLUS stock opened at $87.45 on Wednesday. ePlus has a 12-month low of $86.40 and a 12-month high of $87.35. The company has a quick ratio of 1.44, a current ratio of 1.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01. The stock has a market cap of $1.22 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.38 and a beta of 1.16.

In other news, CEO Mark P. Marron sold 17,973 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.29, for a total value of $1,353,187.17. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Lawrence S. Herman sold 500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $74.47, for a total value of $37,235.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 21,473 shares of company stock valued at $1,630,422 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 3.25% of the company’s stock.

About ePlus

ePlus inc., an engineering-centric technology solutions provider, provides information technology (IT) products and services, flexible leasing and financing solutions, and enterprise supply management in the United States. It operates through two segments, Technology and Financing. The Technology segment sells IT products, such as hardware, software, maintenance, software assurance, and services; and offers advanced professional and managed services, including data center infrastructure, networking, security, cloud, and collaboration, as well as ePlus managed, professional, security, staff augmentation, server and desktop support, and project management services.

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