Media coverage about Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Booz Allen Hamilton earned a daily sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the business services provider an impact score of 46.0429889109835 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of NYSE:BAH opened at $49.74 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $7.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 1.12. Booz Allen Hamilton has a 52 week low of $33.38 and a 52 week high of $49.79. The company has a quick ratio of 1.48, a current ratio of 1.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87.

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 30th. The business services provider reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.58 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $1.65 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.59 billion. Booz Allen Hamilton had a net margin of 5.21% and a return on equity of 57.00%. Booz Allen Hamilton’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.47 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Booz Allen Hamilton will post 2.5 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 31st. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 14th will be paid a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 13th. Booz Allen Hamilton’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 37.81%.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the company. Wells Fargo & Co boosted their target price on Booz Allen Hamilton from $48.00 to $50.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 7th. Drexel Hamilton restated a “hold” rating on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton in a research report on Monday, July 30th. Raymond James raised shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Finally, Vertical Research downgraded shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 9th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, nine have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.60.

In related news, CEO Horacio Rozanski sold 34,701 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.00, for a total value of $1,457,442.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Elizabeth M. Thompson sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.49, for a total transaction of $712,350.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 369,600 shares of company stock valued at $16,619,672 in the last three months. 3.56% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation provides management and technology consulting, engineering, analytics, digital, mission operations, and cyber solutions to governments, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and internationally. The company offers consulting solutions for various domains, business strategies, human capital, and operations.

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