Investment Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes for Heartland Express (HTLD)

Heartland Express (NASDAQ: HTLD) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 1/9/2018 – Heartland Express was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Heartland Express, Inc. is a leader in transportation and logistics. Heartland Express provides collaborative truckload transportation service that enables companies to deliver exceptional service across their transportation network to improve customer satisfaction. The company provides truckload transportation service to virtually all markets east of the Rocky Mountains at any length of haul. Heartland Express transports a variety of goods, including automotive parts, consumer goods, paper and plastic products, retail goods, and packaged foodstuffs. The company serves the truckload transportation needs of the top shippers in America. Heartland operates in the United States and is headquartered in North Liberty, IA. “
  • 1/6/2018 – Heartland Express was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 12/27/2017 – Heartland Express was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 12/22/2017 – Heartland Express was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Heartland Express, Inc. is a leader in transportation and logistics. Heartland Express provides collaborative truckload transportation service that enables companies to deliver exceptional service across their transportation network to improve customer satisfaction. The company provides truckload transportation service to virtually all markets east of the Rocky Mountains at any length of haul. Heartland Express transports a variety of goods, including automotive parts, consumer goods, paper and plastic products, retail goods, and packaged foodstuffs. The company serves the truckload transportation needs of the top shippers in America. Heartland operates in the United States and is headquartered in North Liberty, IA. “

Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ HTLD) traded up $0.51 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $23.59. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 509,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 525,388. The firm has a market cap of $1,970.00, a P/E ratio of 39.32, a PEG ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 0.55. Heartland Express, Inc. has a 12-month low of $18.71 and a 12-month high of $25.22.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last released its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The transportation company reported $0.09 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.08). Heartland Express had a net margin of 8.54% and a return on equity of 9.50%. The business had revenue of $182.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $205.81 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.15 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 22.0% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Heartland Express, Inc. will post 0.55 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 22nd. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 12th were paid a dividend of $0.02 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, December 11th. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.34%. Heartland Express’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 13.33%.

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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