Media headlines about ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news 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. ACI Worldwide earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the technology company an impact score of 45.9174777620607 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- ACI Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACIW) Sees Significantly Lower Trading Volume (highlightpress.com)
- Pre-Market Technical Pulse on Technical & System Software Stocks — Autodesk, Infosys, Vmware, and ACI Worldwide (bizjournals.com)
- ACI Worldwide, Inc. – Value Analysis (NASDAQ:ACIW) : September 6, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Mobile Payments Rise in Popularity, Reaching Tipping Point in Some Countries, Global Report by ACI Worldwide Finds (finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities analysts have weighed in on the company. BidaskClub raised ACI Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, August 14th. DA Davidson assumed coverage on ACI Worldwide in a report on Thursday, August 31st. They issued a “buy” rating and a $26.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised ACI Worldwide from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $27.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, ValuEngine raised ACI Worldwide from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. ACI Worldwide presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $25.50.
ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ ACIW) opened at 22.66 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $22.40 and its 200-day moving average price is $22.26. ACI Worldwide has a 12-month low of $15.11 and a 12-month high of $24.65. The firm has a market cap of $2.68 billion, a PE ratio of 104.91 and a beta of 1.33.
ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ:ACIW) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The technology company reported $0.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.09) by $0.11. ACI Worldwide had a return on equity of 8.92% and a net margin of 2.47%. The company had revenue of $240.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $225.87 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($0.15) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that ACI Worldwide will post $0.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In related news, CEO Philip G. Heasley acquired 5,000 shares of ACI Worldwide stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 18th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $21.32 per share, with a total value of $106,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director John M. Shay, Jr. sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.19, for a total value of $463,800.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 81,896 shares in the company, valued at $1,899,168.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.
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About ACI Worldwide
ACI Worldwide, Inc develops, markets, installs and supports a line of software products and services primarily focused on facilitating electronic payments. The Company also distributes or acts as a sales agent for software developed by third parties. Its products and services are used principally by financial institutions, retailers, billers and electronic payment processors, both in domestic and international markets.
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