News articles about Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Alliance Data Systems Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.2721531221118 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $302.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Argus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $290.00 price target (down from $309.00) on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Sunday, July 30th. BidaskClub lowered Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $280.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Alliance Data Systems Corporation presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $255.97.

Shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) traded down 4.19% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $222.21. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,267,066 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $249.92 and its 200 day moving average price is $244.76. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12-month low of $193.67 and a 12-month high of $266.25. The company has a market capitalization of $12.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.34 and a beta of 1.76.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a return on equity of 59.67% and a net margin of 6.77%. The business had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.68 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 earnings per share for the current year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 14th will be issued a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.94%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 23.69%.

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About Alliance Data Systems Corporation

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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