Media stories about Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Alliance Data Systems Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the business services provider an impact score of 46.660895354883 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Several brokerages recently issued reports on ADS. Zacks Investment Research cut Alliance Data Systems Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $270.00 price target on shares of Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Friday, July 14th. Barclays PLC boosted their price target on Alliance Data Systems Corporation from $255.00 to $285.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, April 21st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $185.00 price target on Alliance Data Systems Corporation and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Finally, Argus began coverage on Alliance Data Systems Corporation in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $309.00 price target for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $255.97.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) opened at 226.45 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.82 and a beta of 1.76. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $246.76 and its 200 day moving average is $245.01. Alliance Data Systems Corporation has a one year low of $193.67 and a one year high of $266.25.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE:ADS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The business services provider reported $3.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.47 by $0.37. Alliance Data Systems Corporation had a net margin of 6.77% and a return on equity of 59.67%. The company had revenue of $1.82 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.85 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $3.68 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Alliance Data Systems Corporation will post $18.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Alliance Data Systems Corporation announced that its board has initiated a share repurchase program on Thursday, July 27th that authorizes the company to buyback $500.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 14th will be issued a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.69%.

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Alliance Data Systems Corporation Company Profile

Alliance Data Systems Corporation is a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving consumer-based businesses in a range of industries. The Company offers a portfolio of integrated outsourced marketing solutions, including customer loyalty programs, database marketing services, end-to-end marketing services, analytics and creative services, direct marketing services, and private label and co-brand retail credit card programs.

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