Headlines about USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research firm, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. USA Truck earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 95 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) traded up 4.01% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $6.75. 112,326 shares of the company traded hands. USA Truck has a 12-month low of $5.73 and a 12-month high of $20.64. The firm’s market capitalization is $53.99 million. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $6.47 and its 200-day moving average is $8.07.
USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The transportation company reported ($0.55) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.10) by $0.45. The business had revenue of $101.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $108.80 million. USA Truck had a negative net margin of 2.57% and a negative return on equity of 16.02%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 8.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.15 EPS. Analysts anticipate that USA Truck will post ($0.38) EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on USAK shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of USA Truck from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $8.25 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $8.00 price objective (down previously from $11.00) on shares of USA Truck in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $8.13.
In other USA Truck news, Director Robert A. Peiser bought 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $6.39 per share, with a total value of $63,900.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Mary Susan Chambers bought 5,725 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 24th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $6.94 per share, with a total value of $39,731.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 9,350 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $64,889. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders purchased 38,415 shares of company stock valued at $244,682. 3.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.
USA Truck Company Profile
USA Truck, Inc is a truckload carrier providing transportation of general commodities throughout the continental United States and into and out of portions of Mexico and Canada. The Company operates through two segments: Trucking and Strategic Capacity Solutions (SCS). The Trucking segment consists of truckload and dedicated freight services.
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