Press coverage about FMC (NYSE:FMC) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FMC earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.2403400337515 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
Several equities analysts recently issued reports on FMC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of FMC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $101.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, December 18th. Bank of America lifted their price target on shares of FMC from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of FMC in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $98.00 price target for the company. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on shares of FMC in a report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price target on shares of FMC in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $94.80.
FMC (NYSE FMC) opened at $97.52 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 2.19, a quick ratio of 1.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. FMC has a fifty-two week low of $56.53 and a fifty-two week high of $98.69. The stock has a market cap of $13,090.00, a P/E ratio of 66.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.61.
FMC (NYSE:FMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The basic materials company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $646.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $686.21 million. FMC had a net margin of 0.78% and a return on equity of 16.77%. The company’s revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.67 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that FMC will post 2.65 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 18th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a $0.165 dividend. This represents a $0.66 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.68%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. FMC’s payout ratio is currently 45.21%.
In related news, insider Nicholas Pfeiffer sold 375 shares of FMC stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.33, for a total value of $33,873.75. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 6,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $619,302.48. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.
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FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. As of December 31, 2016, the FMC Agricultural Solutions segment developed, marketed and sold three classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
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