Media stories about Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Service Co. International earned a daily sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 45.1549225308699 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Service Co. International (SCI) traded down $0.10 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $37.32. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 720,486 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,063,861. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.66, a current ratio of 0.70 and a quick ratio of 0.65. Service Co. International has a 52 week low of $28.36 and a 52 week high of $38.10. The firm has a market cap of $7,015.13, a PE ratio of 19.64, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 0.96.

Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.33 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.06. Service Co. International had a return on equity of 24.85% and a net margin of 11.83%. The company had revenue of $731.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $735.62 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.26 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Service Co. International will post 1.51 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.61%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Service Co. International’s payout ratio is 31.58%.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Service Co. International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. Off Wall Street assumed coverage on Service Co. International in a research report on Friday, December 15th. They issued a “sell” rating on the stock. Credit Suisse Group restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $40.00 price target (up previously from $38.00) on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price target on shares of Service Co. International in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Service Co. International currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $39.75.

In other news, insider R L. Waltrip sold 84,679 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $37.90, for a total transaction of $3,209,334.10. Following the sale, the insider now owns 765,762 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $29,022,379.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Elisabeth G. Nash sold 47,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.64, for a total value of $1,675,080.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 164,441 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,860,677.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

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About Service Co. International

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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