Media stories about Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing 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. Service Co. International earned a news impact score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 47.4723610081816 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

SCI stock opened at $42.05 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $7.57 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 0.97. Service Co. International has a 12-month low of $33.16 and a 12-month high of $42.93. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.51 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.37.

Service Co. International (NYSE:SCI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 30th. The company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $796.09 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $792.56 million. Service Co. International had a return on equity of 23.37% and a net margin of 15.59%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.35 EPS. analysts forecast that Service Co. International will post 1.85 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 28th. Investors of record on Friday, September 14th will be given a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 13th. This is a boost from Service Co. International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.71%. Service Co. International’s dividend payout ratio is 43.87%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised Service Co. International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $44.20.

In related news, Director W Blair Waltrip sold 1,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $35.50, for a total value of $49,700.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 666,244 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $23,651,662. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Steven A. Tidwell sold 17,384 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.63, for a total value of $636,775.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 50,847 shares in the company, valued at $1,862,525.61. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 864,769 shares of company stock worth $34,546,385 over the last ninety days. 6.60% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Service Co. International Company Profile

Service Corporation International provides deathcare products and services in the United States and Canada. The company operates through Funeral and Cemetery segments. Its funeral service and cemetery operations comprise funeral service locations, cemeteries, funeral service/cemetery combination locations, crematoria, and other businesses.

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