Media headlines about Huntsman (NYSE:HUN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Huntsman earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.0092189916145 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
Shares of Huntsman (HUN) traded down $0.03 on Friday, reaching $30.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,214,669 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,017,849. The firm has a market cap of $7,315.45, a P/E ratio of 12.75, a PEG ratio of 1.41 and a beta of 2.85. Huntsman has a 52-week low of $18.93 and a 52-week high of $32.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10, a current ratio of 1.87 and a quick ratio of 1.52.
Huntsman (NYSE:HUN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The basic materials company reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.17. The firm had revenue of $2.17 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.99 billion. Huntsman had a return on equity of 30.64% and a net margin of 5.37%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 18.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.38 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that Huntsman will post 2.7 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.125 dividend. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.64%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. Huntsman’s dividend payout ratio is 23.47%.
HUN has been the topic of several recent research reports. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price on shares of Huntsman in a report on Friday, September 1st. Wells Fargo & Company raised Huntsman from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $30.00 to $32.00 in a report on Thursday, September 28th. UBS lifted their target price on Huntsman from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Nomura lifted their target price on Huntsman to $40.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Instinet reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price (up from $30.00) on shares of Huntsman in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $32.73.
In other news, CEO Anthony P. Hankins sold 80,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.88, for a total value of $2,550,400.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 442,615 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,110,566.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Monte G. Edlund sold 21,493 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.99, for a total value of $687,561.07. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 75,771 shares in the company, valued at $2,423,914.29. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 23,061,783 shares of company stock worth $512,316,794 over the last three months. 19.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives.
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