Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Compass Minerals International earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.4033819804808 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price target on shares of Compass Minerals International in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. TheStreet raised Compass Minerals International from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Thursday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Credit Suisse Group set a $63.00 price objective on Compass Minerals International and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $73.60.

Shares of Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) traded down $0.60 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $69.15. The stock had a trading volume of 283,223 shares, compared to its average volume of 291,496. Compass Minerals International has a 1 year low of $59.72 and a 1 year high of $84.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,359.47, a PE ratio of 28.59 and a beta of 0.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.70, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 2.52.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The basic materials company reported $0.65 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.85 by ($0.20). The company had revenue of $290.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $323.76 million. Compass Minerals International had a return on equity of 11.52% and a net margin of 10.72%. The firm’s revenue was up 61.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.27 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Compass Minerals International will post 2.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.72 per share. This represents a $2.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.16%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. Compass Minerals International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 67.76%.

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About Compass Minerals International

Compass Minerals International, Inc (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes.

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