Student Transportation (STB) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows

News coverage about Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB) (TSE:STB) has trended somewhat positive recently, AlphaOne reports. AlphaOne, a unit of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Student Transportation earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 81 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB)

Several research analysts recently commented on STB shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Student Transportation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 18th. National Bank Financial lowered shares of Student Transportation from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $6.88.

Student Transportation (NASDAQ STB) traded up 1.54% on Friday, hitting $5.95. 144,738 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market capitalization of $562.47 million, a P/E ratio of 77.27 and a beta of 0.75. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $5.90 and its 200 day moving average is $5.74. Student Transportation has a 12 month low of $4.89 and a 12 month high of $6.13.

Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB) (TSE:STB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 10th. The transportation company reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by $0.01. Student Transportation had a net margin of 1.34% and a return on equity of 6.89%. The company had revenue of $185.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $182.02 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.04 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that Student Transportation will post $0.08 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 15th. Investors of record on Monday, July 31st will be paid a $0.0367 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, July 27th. This represents a $0.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.40%. Student Transportation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 488.89%.

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Student Transportation Company Profile

Student Transportation Inc is engaged in providing school bus transportation services in North America. The Company operates through two segments: transportation, and oil and gas. The transportation segment provides school bus and management services to public and private schools in North America. The oil and gas segment represents the Company’s investments as a non-operator in oil and gas interests.

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