News headlines about Unifirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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. Unifirst Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the textile maker an impact score of 95 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Unifirst Corporation (UNF) traded down 0.25% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $137.75. 37,311 shares of the company were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average is $140.17 and its 200 day moving average is $136.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.38 and a beta of 0.70. Unifirst Corporation has a 12 month low of $111.97 and a 12 month high of $147.65.

Unifirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, June 28th. The textile maker reported $1.36 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.34 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $409.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $396.07 million. Unifirst Corporation had a net margin of 7.12% and a return on equity of 7.41%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.49 earnings per share. Analysts predict that Unifirst Corporation will post $4.93 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.0375 dividend. This represents a $0.15 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th.

UNF has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Unifirst Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price target for the company in a research note on Saturday, July 1st. Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Unifirst Corporation from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $145.00 to $163.00 in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Unifirst Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday.

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In other Unifirst Corporation news, VP Cynthia Croatti sold 1,755 shares of Unifirst Corporation stock in a transaction on Friday, April 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $142.00, for a total value of $249,210.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 4,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $568,000. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 6.70% of the company’s stock.

Unifirst Corporation Company Profile

UniFirst Corporation is a provider of workplace uniforms and protective work wear clothing in the United States. The Company designs, manufactures, personalizes, rents, cleans, delivers, and sells a range of uniforms and protective clothing, including shirts, pants, jackets, coveralls, lab coats, smocks, aprons and specialized protective wear, such as flame resistant and high visibility garments.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Unifirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF)

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