VSE Co. (NASDAQ:VSEC) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in December. As of December 31st, there was short interest totalling 103,900 shares, a decrease of 14.8% from the December 15th total of 121,900 shares. Approximately 1.2% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 16,500 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.3 days.

Several research analysts have issued reports on VSEC shares. ValuEngine upgraded VSE from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 8th. BidaskClub lowered VSE from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in shares of VSE in the third quarter valued at $379,000. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL acquired a new stake in shares of VSE in the third quarter valued at $225,000. Zebra Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of VSE in the third quarter valued at $209,000. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of VSE by 1.2% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 408,691 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $11,725,000 after buying an additional 4,720 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of VSE by 26.0% in the third quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 19,660 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $670,000 after buying an additional 4,061 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 70.07% of the company’s stock.

VSE stock opened at $35.64 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 2.44 and a quick ratio of 0.99. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $38.63 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $33.98. VSE has a 52-week low of $24.06 and a 52-week high of $41.14. The firm has a market capitalization of $387.79 million, a P/E ratio of 10.78 and a beta of 1.36.

VSE (NASDAQ:VSEC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 29th. The construction company reported $0.95 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. VSE had a return on equity of 10.60% and a net margin of 4.91%. The firm had revenue of $198.33 million during the quarter.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 12th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.09 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 28th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.01%.

About VSE

VSE Corporation operates as a diversified services and supply company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Supply Chain Management Group, Aviation Group, and Federal Services Group. The Supply Chain Management Group segment offers sourcing, acquisition, scheduling, transportation, shipping, logistics, data management, and other services to assist its clients with supply chain management.

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