News articles about ePlus (NASDAQ:PLUS) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog 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. ePlus earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the software maker an impact score of 46.7229806203547 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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ePlus stock opened at $77.55 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $1,053.12, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.15 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 1.59 and a quick ratio of 1.44. ePlus has a 12-month low of $63.76 and a 12-month high of $97.75.

ePlus (NASDAQ:PLUS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The software maker reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $342.57 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $344.25 million. ePlus had a return on equity of 15.06% and a net margin of 4.01%. equities research analysts predict that ePlus will post 4.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. BidaskClub lowered ePlus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ePlus from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, Sidoti upgraded ePlus from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. ePlus presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $78.00.

In other ePlus news, CEO Mark P. Marron sold 17,973 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.29, for a total value of $1,353,187.17. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Elaine D. Marion sold 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, January 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.45, for a total value of $241,350.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 74,568 shares in the company, valued at $5,998,995.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 21,473 shares of company stock worth $1,631,772 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 3.25% of the company’s stock.

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About ePlus

ePlus inc., an engineering-centric technology solutions provider, provides information technology (IT) products and services, flexible leasing and financing solutions, and enterprise supply management in the United States. It operates through two segments, Technology and Financing. The Technology segment sells IT products, such as hardware, software, maintenance, software assurance, and services; and offers advanced professional and managed services, including data center infrastructure, networking, security, cloud, and collaboration, as well as ePlus managed, professional, security, staff augmentation, server and desktop support, and project management services.

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