AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News headlines about AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AptarGroup earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.8331206274961 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of AptarGroup (ATR) traded up $0.15 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $84.91. The stock had a trading volume of 195,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 282,737. AptarGroup has a 52 week low of $70.75 and a 52 week high of $90.79. The company has a quick ratio of 2.29, a current ratio of 2.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.98 and a beta of 0.96.

AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The industrial products company reported $0.83 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $624.33 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $599.31 million. AptarGroup had a return on equity of 16.82% and a net margin of 9.24%. AptarGroup’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.82 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that AptarGroup will post 3.35 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 1st will be paid a $0.32 dividend. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, October 31st. AptarGroup’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.54%.

ATR has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 target price (up from $87.00) on shares of AptarGroup in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. BidaskClub cut AptarGroup from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded AptarGroup from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective on shares of AptarGroup in a research note on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $78.00 price objective (down from $81.00) on shares of AptarGroup in a research note on Monday, July 31st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $84.57.

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In related news, insider Salim Haffar sold 18,130 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $86.49, for a total value of $1,568,063.70. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 39,556 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,421,198.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Monnas Giovanna Kampouri sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.13, for a total value of $164,260.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 6,469 shares in the company, valued at $531,298.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 23,910 shares of company stock valued at $2,056,799. 5.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

AptarGroup Company Profile

AptarGroup, Inc is a provider of a range of packaging, dispensing and sealing solutions, primarily for the beauty, personal care, homecare, prescription drug, consumer healthcare, injectables, food and beverage markets. The Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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