Media stories about Aaron’s (NYSE:AAN) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aaron’s earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 48.3381471439284 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of NYSE AAN opened at $50.49 on Friday. Aaron’s has a twelve month low of $34.29 and a twelve month high of $51.53. The firm has a market cap of $3.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.72 and a beta of 0.03. The company has a quick ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 2.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16.

Aaron’s (NYSE:AAN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The company reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.76 by $0.08. Aaron’s had a net margin of 8.14% and a return on equity of 11.54%. The business had revenue of $927.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $924.86 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.68 earnings per share. Aaron’s’s quarterly revenue was up 13.8% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Aaron’s will post 3.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 5th. Investors of record on Thursday, September 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.03 per share. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.24%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 19th. Aaron’s’s dividend payout ratio is presently 4.69%.

Several analysts recently issued reports on AAN shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Aaron’s from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 4th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Aaron’s from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Loop Capital raised shares of Aaron’s from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 30th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price target on shares of Aaron’s from $53.00 to $58.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Finally, Northcoast Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Aaron’s in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $50.73.

In other Aaron’s news, insider Curtis Linn Doman sold 35,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,750,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 67,523 shares in the company, valued at $3,376,150. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Ryan K. Woodley sold 12,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.01, for a total transaction of $537,625.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 146,550 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,303,115.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 55,000 shares of company stock valued at $2,643,735 in the last three months. 2.28% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Aaron’s Company Profile

Aaron's, Inc operates as an omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. It operates through three segments: Progressive Leasing, Aaron's Business, and DAMI. The company engages in the sale, lease ownership, and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances, and accessories.

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