News articles about Kirby (NYSE:KEX) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kirby earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the shipping company an impact score of 45.431257690061 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Kirby (NYSE KEX) opened at $76.45 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.23, a current ratio of 1.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,605.62, a PE ratio of 14.21, a P/E/G ratio of 3.43 and a beta of 1.03. Kirby has a fifty-two week low of $59.25 and a fifty-two week high of $80.90.

Kirby (NYSE:KEX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The shipping company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $708.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $612.61 million. Kirby had a return on equity of 4.37% and a net margin of 14.14%. The business’s revenue was up 62.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.60 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Kirby will post 2.81 EPS for the current year.

Several research analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kirby from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday. Stephens set a $89.00 price target on Kirby and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Evercore ISI raised Kirby from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $86.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Bank of America boosted their price objective on Kirby from $65.00 to $66.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, Gabelli initiated coverage on Kirby in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $80.00 price objective for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Kirby has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $79.10.

In other news, Director Monte J. Miller sold 2,336 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.10, for a total transaction of $180,105.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Kirby 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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