Media stories about Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Navigant Consulting earned a coverage optimism score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 47.8182263459573 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of Navigant Consulting (NCI) traded up 0.46% on Friday, hitting $15.33. The company had a trading volume of 336,894 shares. Navigant Consulting has a 12-month low of $14.93 and a 12-month high of $27.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $716.37 million, a P/E ratio of 14.74 and a beta of 0.83. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $18.69 and a 200-day moving average of $21.37.

Navigant Consulting (NYSE:NCI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 31st. The business services provider reported $0.24 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $235.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $253.66 million. Navigant Consulting had a net margin of 4.97% and a return on equity of 8.95%. Navigant Consulting’s quarterly revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.33 EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that Navigant Consulting will post $1.15 EPS for the current year.

Navigant Consulting announced that its board has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, May 3rd that allows the company to repurchase $100.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the business services provider to reacquire up to 9.7% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on NCI. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Navigant Consulting from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. TheStreet downgraded Navigant Consulting from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Cowen and Company raised their price objective on Navigant Consulting from $16.50 to $24.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, June 9th. ValuEngine downgraded Navigant Consulting from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Navigant Consulting from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Navigant Consulting currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $24.50.

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Navigant Consulting Company Profile

Navigant Consulting, Inc is a global professional services company. The Company serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. It operates through four segments. The Healthcare segment provides consulting services and business process management services. The Energy segment provides advisory solutions in business strategy and planning, distributed energy resources and renewables, energy efficiency and demand response and grid modernization The Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment provides strategic, operational, valuation, risk management, investigative and compliance advisory services to clients primarily in the financial services industry.

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