Tower International, Inc. (NYSE:TOWR) Stock Rating Upgraded by ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Tower International, Inc. (NYSE:TOWR) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday, October 18th.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the stock. FBR & Co reaffirmed an outperform rating and issued a $40.00 price objective on shares of Tower International in a research report on Friday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Tower International from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $27.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Tower International from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Tower International from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $32.25.

Shares of Tower International (NYSE:TOWR) traded down 4.36% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $27.45. The stock had a trading volume of 88,798 shares. Tower International has a 52 week low of $20.85 and a 52 week high of $30.50. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $26.03 and its 200 day moving average is $24.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $563.30 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.99 and a beta of 2.69.

Tower International (NYSE:TOWR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The auto parts company reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $489.93 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $494.87 million. Tower International had a net margin of 3.76% and a return on equity of 33.20%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Tower International will post $3.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be paid a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.75%. This is a boost from Tower International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 9th. Tower International’s payout ratio is presently 12.87%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. SG Americas Securities LLC boosted its stake in Tower International by 32.7% in the first quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 5,944 shares of the auto parts company’s stock valued at $161,000 after acquiring an additional 1,464 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC purchased a new position in Tower International in the third quarter valued at about $254,000. Eqis Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Tower International during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $259,000. Bowling Portfolio Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Tower International during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $225,000. Finally, American International Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Tower International by 7.1% during the 1st quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 12,627 shares of the auto parts company’s stock valued at $342,000 after buying an additional 833 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.84% of the company’s stock.

About Tower International

Tower International, Inc is a global manufacturer of engineered automotive structural metal components and assemblies primarily serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The Company’s product portfolio includes body-structure stampings, frame and other chassis structures, and welded assemblies for small and large cars, crossovers, pickups and sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

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