Heartland Express (HTLD) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News headlines about Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Express earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the transportation company an impact score of 47.0167699204399 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Heartland Express from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub raised Heartland Express from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. TheStreet raised Heartland Express from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on Heartland Express from $24.00 to $22.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Heartland Express from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 20th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Heartland Express has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.14.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) opened at $19.70 on Tuesday. Heartland Express has a 1-year low of $18.71 and a 1-year high of $25.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,650.00, a PE ratio of 38.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 0.60.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last posted its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The transportation company reported $0.07 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.11 by ($0.04). Heartland Express had a net margin of 12.38% and a return on equity of 7.84%. The firm had revenue of $165.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $190.22 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.16 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 17.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that Heartland Express will post 0.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Heartland Express Company Profile

Heartland Express, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company focuses primarily on short- to medium-haul, asset-based dry van truckload services in regional markets near its terminals. The Company’s truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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