Headlines about Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Jacobs Engineering Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.9096827649618 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) traded down $0.17 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $65.46. 733,566 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 819,646. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a current ratio of 1.56 and a quick ratio of 1.56. The firm has a market capitalization of $7,910.00, a PE ratio of 19.99, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.40 and a beta of 1.51. Jacobs Engineering Group has a 1-year low of $49.31 and a 1-year high of $66.20.

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 21st. The construction company reported $0.98 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82 by $0.16. The business had revenue of $2.65 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.58 billion. Jacobs Engineering Group had a net margin of 2.93% and a return on equity of 9.18%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Jacobs Engineering Group will post 3.44 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 10th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 13th were issued a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 12th. Jacobs Engineering Group’s payout ratio is 24.79%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on JEC. Citigroup set a $64.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine raised shares of Jacobs Engineering Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $61.00 price target on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a report on Friday, August 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Jacobs Engineering Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, MKM Partners set a $61.00 price target on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $67.44.

In other Jacobs Engineering Group news, Director Joseph R. Bronson sold 6,125 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.01, for a total value of $385,936.25. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 30,496 shares in the company, valued at $1,921,552.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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Jacobs Engineering Group Company Profile

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc is a technical professional services company. The Company provides a range of technical, professional and construction services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients. The Company’s services include Project Services; Process, Scientific, and Systems Consulting Services; Construction Services, and Operations and Maintenance Services.

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