Media headlines about Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kirby Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the shipping company an impact score of 46.0238764369092 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

KEX has been the subject of several research reports. BidaskClub cut Kirby Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised Kirby Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $75.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $69.00 price objective on shares of Kirby Corporation in a report on Friday, July 28th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Kirby Corporation in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Kirby Corporation in a report on Monday, October 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Kirby Corporation has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $74.17.

Kirby Corporation (NYSE KEX) opened at $62.20 on Thursday. Kirby Corporation has a 1-year low of $59.25 and a 1-year high of $74.50. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,745.99, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.74, a PEG ratio of 3.91 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 1.93 and a quick ratio of 1.23.

Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The shipping company reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.08. Kirby Corporation had a return on equity of 4.48% and a net margin of 5.88%. The company had revenue of $541.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $517.54 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.59 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Kirby Corporation will post 2.01 EPS for the current year.

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Kirby Corporation Company Profile

Kirby Corporation is a domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii. The Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in two segments: Marine Transportation and Diesel Engine Services.

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