USA Truck (USAK) Given News Sentiment Score of 0.27

News articles about USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) have been trending positive on Thursday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a division of Accern, identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. USA Truck earned a news sentiment score of 0.27 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 86 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) traded up 1.70% during trading on Thursday, hitting $7.17. The stock had a trading volume of 67,141 shares. USA Truck has a 52-week low of $6.62 and a 52-week high of $21.46. The company’s market cap is $57.51 million. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $7.96 and its 200-day moving average price is $8.76.

USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 7th. The transportation company reported ($0.47) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.02) by $0.45. USA Truck had a negative return on equity of 5.21% and a negative net margin of 1.79%. The firm earned $103.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $108.30 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.38 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that USA Truck will post $0.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have issued reports on USAK. Zacks Investment Research raised USA Truck from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 18th. Avondale Partners raised USA Truck from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $7.25 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, February 8th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. USA Truck has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.88.

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In related news, Director Robert A. Peiser bought 6,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 8th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $7.93 per share, for a total transaction of $47,580.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 30,513 shares in the company, valued at approximately $241,968.09. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP James Allie Craig bought 29,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $7.85 per share, for a total transaction of $227,650.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 82,442 shares in the company, valued at $647,169.70. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders purchased 60,427 shares of company stock worth $489,788. 3.90% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

USA Truck Company Profile

USA Truck, Inc is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services.

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