News stories about ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ACI Worldwide earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 46.5128148637501 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ ACIW) opened at 22.07 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $2.61 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 102.18 and a beta of 1.32. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $22.65 and a 200 day moving average price of $22.08. ACI Worldwide has a 12 month low of $15.11 and a 12 month high of $24.65.

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The technology company reported $0.02 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by $0.11. ACI Worldwide had a net margin of 2.47% and a return on equity of 8.92%. The company had revenue of $240.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $225.87 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.15) EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that ACI Worldwide will post $0.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on ACIW. BidaskClub upgraded ACI Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ACI Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 31st. ValuEngine upgraded ACI Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, TheStreet cut ACI Worldwide from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Friday, May 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $25.33.

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In other news, Director John M. Shay, Jr. sold 20,000 shares of ACI Worldwide stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.19, for a total transaction of $463,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 81,896 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,899,168.24. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Philip G. Heasley acquired 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 18th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $21.32 per share, with a total value of $106,600.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

About ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide, Inc develops, markets, installs and supports a line of software products and services primarily focused on facilitating electronic payments. The Company also distributes or acts as a sales agent for software developed by third parties. Its products and services are used principally by financial institutions, retailers, billers and electronic payment processors, both in domestic and international markets.

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