Media stories about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.3311197051329 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on HTLD shares. BidaskClub upgraded Heartland Express from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, July 1st. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of Heartland Express in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Heartland Express from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 3rd. TheStreet lowered Heartland Express from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Friday, May 26th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $23.00 price target (up previously from $19.00) on shares of Heartland Express in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $16.55.

Shares of Heartland Express (HTLD) traded up 0.77% on Friday, reaching $20.84. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 261,009 shares. The firm has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.06 and a beta of 0.51. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $21.19 and a 200-day moving average of $20.35. Heartland Express has a 12 month low of $17.06 and a 12 month high of $22.69.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The transportation company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by $0.01. Heartland Express had a net margin of 9.89% and a return on equity of 10.60%. The firm had revenue of $129.62 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $139.89 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.20 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 19.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Heartland Express will post $0.68 EPS for the current year.

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Heartland Express Company Profile

Heartland Express, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset-based dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals. The Company’s truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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