Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) was the target of a significant drop in short interest in October. As of October 13th, there was short interest totalling 1,252,376 shares, a drop of 37.7% from the September 29th total of 2,009,678 shares. Currently, 1.1% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 534,545 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.3 days.

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE JEC) opened at 58.21 on Wednesday. Jacobs Engineering Group has a one year low of $49.16 and a one year high of $63.42. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $58.01 and a 200-day moving average price of $54.60. The stock has a market cap of $7.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.96 and a beta of 1.53.

Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE:JEC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The construction company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.79. The business had revenue of $2.52 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.52 billion. Jacobs Engineering Group had a return on equity of 8.67% and a net margin of 2.29%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.78 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Jacobs Engineering Group will post $3.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 13th will be paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 12th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.03%. Jacobs Engineering Group’s payout ratio is presently 31.75%.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of JEC. Advisor Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Jacobs Engineering Group by 18.8% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 2,140 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $117,000 after purchasing an additional 339 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Jacobs Engineering Group by 141.2% in the third quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 2,050 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $119,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares during the period. First Manhattan Co. increased its stake in shares of Jacobs Engineering Group by 1,013.6% in the second quarter. First Manhattan Co. now owns 2,383 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $129,000 after purchasing an additional 2,169 shares during the period. Palisade Capital Management LLC NJ bought a new position in shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in the third quarter worth about $206,000. Finally, Bridgewater Associates LP bought a new position in shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in the second quarter worth about $207,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.82% of the company’s stock.

JEC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $63.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a research note on Friday, October 6th. BidaskClub upgraded Jacobs Engineering Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Jacobs Engineering Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $67.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Citigroup Inc. lowered Jacobs Engineering Group from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $62.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of Jacobs Engineering Group in a research note on Friday, August 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Jacobs Engineering Group currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.56.

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About Jacobs Engineering Group

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc is a technical professional services company. The Company provides a range of technical, professional and construction services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients. The Company’s services include Project Services; Process, Scientific, and Systems Consulting Services; Construction Services, and Operations and Maintenance Services.

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