Headlines about Buckle (NYSE:BKE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Buckle earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the company an impact score of 46.9611081396021 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Several research analysts have issued reports on BKE shares. ValuEngine raised Buckle from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. TheStreet raised Buckle from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, March 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Buckle from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, March 21st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Buckle presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.00.

NYSE BKE opened at $22.65 on Monday. Buckle has a 52 week low of $13.50 and a 52 week high of $25.11. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,106.26, a PE ratio of 12.24 and a beta of 0.78.

Buckle (NYSE:BKE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, March 16th. The company reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.13. Buckle had a return on equity of 20.98% and a net margin of 9.82%. The firm had revenue of $281.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $280.04 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.74 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Buckle will post 1.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 13th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.42%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 12th. Buckle’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 54.05%.

In other news, VP Kyle Hanson sold 2,553 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.75, for a total value of $52,974.75. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 36,900 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $765,675. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Diane L. Applegate sold 1,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.84, for a total value of $25,008.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 20,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $427,220. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 41.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Buckle

The Buckle, Inc operates as a retailer of casual apparel, footwear, and accessories for young men and women in the United States. The company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories, and footwear. It operates stores under the Buckle and The Buckle names.

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