Headlines about Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Jacobs Engineering Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.0829240564313 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) traded down $0.19 on Thursday, reaching $69.39. The company had a trading volume of 739,134 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,060,475. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a current ratio of 1.56 and a quick ratio of 1.56. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,870.00, a P/E ratio of 28.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.39 and a beta of 1.56. Jacobs Engineering Group has a 52-week low of $49.31 and a 52-week high of $70.35.

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 21st. The construction company reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $2.65 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.58 billion. Jacobs Engineering Group had a return on equity of 9.18% and a net margin of 2.93%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.77 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Jacobs Engineering Group will post 3.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.86%. Jacobs Engineering Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.79%.

JEC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Jacobs Engineering Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 23rd. Citigroup set a $64.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Argus restated a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a research note on Monday, November 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $75.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $69.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a research note on Friday, November 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.40.

In related news, Director Joseph R. Bronson sold 6,125 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.01, for a total value of $385,936.25. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 30,496 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,921,552.96. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.74% of the company’s stock.

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About Jacobs Engineering Group

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc is a technical professional services company. The Company provides a range of technical, professional and construction services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients. The Company’s services include Project Services; Process, Scientific, and Systems Consulting Services; Construction Services, and Operations and Maintenance Services.

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