Exponent (EXPO) Earning Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, AlphaOne Reports

Press coverage about Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, Alpha One reports. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Exponent earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news stories about the business services provider an impact score of 43 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO)

Shares of Exponent (EXPO) traded down 1.26% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $58.75. 16,899 shares of the stock traded hands. Exponent has a 12 month low of $45.00 and a 12 month high of $64.80. The stock has a market cap of $1.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.66 and a beta of 0.65. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $60.31 and a 200 day moving average of $59.45.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 19th. The business services provider reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.09. Exponent had a net margin of 15.41% and a return on equity of 15.47%. The firm had revenue of $80.47 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $79.32 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.56 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Exponent will post $1.84 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 7th. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 46.67%.

Several research analysts have weighed in on EXPO shares. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $69.00 price target (up from $64.00) on shares of Exponent in a research report on Saturday, April 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Exponent from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th.

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Exponent Company Profile

Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.

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