Media headlines about Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Alliance Data Systems Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.1847264729552 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of equities analysts recently commented on ADS shares. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “underperform” rating on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $278.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $300.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, August 31st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $270.00 price objective on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Finally, Barclays PLC lowered shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $285.00 to $265.00 in a research note on Friday, July 21st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $255.47.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE ADS) opened at 216.76 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $224.76 and its 200-day moving average is $242.73. The company has a market cap of $12.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.72 and a beta of 1.76. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a 12-month low of $197.69 and a 12-month high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.47 by $0.37. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.85 billion. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.77% and a return on equity of 59.67%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $3.68 earnings per share. Analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Thursday, July 27th that allows the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the business services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 14th were issued a $0.52 dividend. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 23.69%.

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation Company Profile

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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