Media headlines about Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Exponent earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.2669688589785 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on EXPO. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price objective (up from $69.00) on shares of Exponent in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. BidaskClub raised Exponent from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Exponent from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Exponent from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 20th.

Exponent (EXPO) traded down 0.38% on Friday, reaching $65.00. The company had a trading volume of 76,026 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.68 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.70 and a beta of 0.62. The company’s 50 day moving average is $61.97 and its 200-day moving average is $59.88. Exponent has a one year low of $48.42 and a one year high of $68.30.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The business services provider reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.10. Exponent had a net margin of 15.94% and a return on equity of 16.52%. The business had revenue of $84.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $79.30 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.38 earnings per share. Exponent’s quarterly revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Exponent will post $1.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 1st will be issued a $0.21 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.29%. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.52%.

In other Exponent news, insider Sally Shepard sold 1,255 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.37, for a total value of $82,039.35. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 1,560 shares in the company, valued at $101,977.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider John Pye sold 3,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.08, for a total transaction of $234,288.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 14,767 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $961,036.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 31,855 shares of company stock valued at $2,099,002 over the last 90 days. 2.80% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Exponent Company Profile

Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.

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