Press coverage about Navient (NASDAQ:NAVI) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Navient earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.5188004726805 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Navient Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVI) – An Eye on Data – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
- Navient Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVI) – What Do Analysts’ Recommend? – Nasdaq Journal (press release) (nasdaqjournal.com)
- NAVIENT 24 HOUR DEADLINE ALERT: Approximately 24 Hours Remain; ClaimsFiler Reminds Investors of Deadline … – Business Wire (press release) (businesswire.com)
- The sentiment expressed by investors: Navient Corporation (NAVI), Cloudera, Inc. (CLDR) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- Struggling to pay student debt? Here’s what you need to know. (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on NAVI shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Navient from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Barclays restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $17.00 price objective on shares of Navient in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Navient from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective on shares of Navient in a report on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Compass Point lowered shares of Navient from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $16.50 to $15.50 in a report on Thursday, October 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $18.00.
Navient (NASDAQ:NAVI) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The credit services provider reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.05. Navient had a net margin of 10.88% and a return on equity of 14.09%. The business had revenue of $343.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $361.33 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.50 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Navient will post 1.76 earnings per share for the current year.
Navient announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, October 4th that allows the company to buyback shares. This buyback authorization allows the credit services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its stock is undervalued.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were given a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.85%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Navient’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.36%.
In other Navient news, CFO Christian M. Lown acquired 6,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 20th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $12.35 per share, with a total value of $74,100.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP John M. Kane sold 28,886 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total transaction of $433,290.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 1.68% of the company’s stock.
Navient Corporation provides asset management and business processing services to education, healthcare and government clients at the federal, state and local levels. The Company holds the portfolio of education loans insured or federally guaranteed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
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