Press coverage about Fluor (NYSE:FLR) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Fluor earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the construction company an impact score of 46.2755031884804 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Fluor (NYSE FLR) traded up $0.25 on Wednesday, hitting $54.06. The stock had a trading volume of 1,175,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,041,186. The stock has a market cap of $7,560.00, a PE ratio of 37.80, a PEG ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 1.46. The company has a current ratio of 1.56, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. Fluor has a 52 week low of $37.03 and a 52 week high of $58.37.

Fluor (NYSE:FLR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The construction company reported $0.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $4.94 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.73 billion. Fluor had a return on equity of 11.69% and a net margin of 1.03%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.03 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Fluor will post 1.56 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 5th were paid a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.55%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, December 4th. Fluor’s payout ratio is 58.74%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on FLR. TheStreet upgraded Fluor from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Barclays began coverage on Fluor in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $54.00 target price for the company. Citigroup set a $53.00 target price on Fluor and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. KeyCorp restated a “buy” rating and issued a $50.00 target price on shares of Fluor in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on Fluor from $43.00 to $41.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $49.08.

In other Fluor news, insider Jose Luis M. Bustamante sold 2,750 shares of Fluor stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.63, for a total transaction of $133,732.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 38,757 shares in the company, valued at $1,884,752.91. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Bruce A. Stanski sold 2,792 shares of Fluor stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.48, for a total value of $135,356.16. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 40,104 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,944,241.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 45,932 shares of company stock valued at $2,191,092 in the last quarter. 1.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Fluor Company Profile

Fluor Corporation (Fluor) is a holding company. The Company operates its business in four segments: Energy, Chemicals & Mining; Industrial, Infrastructure & Power; Government, and Maintenance, Modification & Asset Integrity (MMAI). The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers professional services providing engineering, procurement, construction, fabrication and modularization, commissioning and maintenance, as well as project management services on a global basis.

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