Media headlines about Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research firm, a unit of Accern, rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Vantiv earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 91 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV)

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) traded down 3.78% on Friday, hitting $60.60. 3,558,497 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $62.50 and a 200-day moving average price of $62.42. The firm has a market cap of $9.75 billion, a PE ratio of 49.23 and a beta of 0.62. Vantiv has a 52-week low of $50.98 and a 52-week high of $66.47.

Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The business services provider reported $0.68 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.07. Vantiv had a return on equity of 34.17% and a net margin of 5.49%. The company had revenue of $470.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $470.09 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.56 earnings per share. Vantiv’s revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Vantiv will post $3.27 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms recently commented on VNTV. Jefferies Group LLC set a $69.00 price target on shares of Vantiv and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Vantiv from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, May 27th. Wedbush restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $65.00 price target (up from $60.00) on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $66.00 price target on shares of Vantiv in a research note on Thursday, June 1st. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Vantiv from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. Thirteen investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the stock. Vantiv presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $65.88.

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In other news, insider Matt Taylor sold 11,622 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.14, for a total transaction of $733,813.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 64,269 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,057,944.66. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Mark L. Heimbouch sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.68, for a total value of $955,200.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 151,273 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,633,064.64. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.27% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Vantiv

Vantiv, Inc is a holding company. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Vantiv Holding, LLC. The Company is a payment processor. The Company’s segments include Merchant Services and Financial Institution Services. The Company offers a range of payment processing services that enable its clients to meet their payment processing needs through a single provider.

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