Media stories about Aircastle (NYSE:AYR) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aircastle earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 45.5579354852557 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Aircastle (NYSE AYR) opened at $24.61 on Friday. Aircastle has a 52-week low of $20.84 and a 52-week high of $25.98. The stock has a market cap of $1,940.00, a PE ratio of 12.06, a PEG ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 1.87.

Aircastle (NYSE:AYR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The transportation company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.15. Aircastle had a net margin of 19.48% and a return on equity of 9.18%. The company had revenue of $191.41 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $184.02 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.38 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Aircastle will post 1.75 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were given a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This is an increase from Aircastle’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.55%. Aircastle’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 54.90%.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on AYR. Citigroup began coverage on shares of Aircastle in a research report on Friday, December 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $25.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Aircastle from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised their price target on shares of Aircastle from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.11.

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Aircastle Company Profile

Aircastle Limited is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, acquires, leases and sells commercial jet aircrafts to airlines. The Company is engaged in financing and managing commercial flight equipment. The Company manages its aircrafts in the United States, Ireland and Singapore. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and managed on behalf of its joint ventures 206 aircrafts leased to 71 lessees located in 36 countries.

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