Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Headlines about Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Service Corporation International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 45.6531730915362 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Service Corporation International (NYSE SCI) opened at 34.05 on Tuesday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $32.14 and its 200-day moving average is $30.66. Service Corporation International has a one year low of $24.90 and a one year high of $34.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $6.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.79 and a beta of 0.93.

Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.30 by $0.08. Service Corporation International had a net margin of 9.94% and a return on equity of 23.87%. The company had revenue of $777.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $764.02 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.28 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Service Corporation International will post $1.42 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 15th were paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 13th. This is a positive change from Service Corporation International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.76%. Service Corporation International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 38.22%.

SCI has been the subject of a number of research reports. Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage on shares of Service Corporation International in a research report on Monday, May 1st. They set a “buy” rating and a $40.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Service Corporation International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Service Corporation International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.80.

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In other Service Corporation International news, CEO Thomas L. Ryan sold 100,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.80, for a total transaction of $3,180,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,175,109 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $37,368,466.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Thomas L. Ryan sold 51,394 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.55, for a total transaction of $1,672,874.70. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,119,503 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $36,439,822.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 331,400 shares of company stock valued at $10,639,948 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

Service Corporation International Company Profile

Service Corporation International is a provider of deathcare products and services, with a network of funeral service locations and cemeteries. The Company’s segments include Funeral, Cemetery and Corporate. It conducts both funeral and cemetery operations in the United States and Canada. As December 31, 2016, it operated 1,502 funeral service locations and 470 cemeteries, including 281 funeral service/cemetery combination locations, which are geographically diversified across 45 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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