Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) Given Media Sentiment Rating of 0.17

News coverage about Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Air Products & Chemicals earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.7363278465545 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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APD has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Monness Crespi & Hardt boosted their target price on shares of Air Products & Chemicals from $180.00 to $190.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Citigroup boosted their target price on shares of Air Products & Chemicals from $200.00 to $210.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Jefferies Group upgraded shares of Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $166.00 to $185.00 in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase upgraded shares of Air Products & Chemicals from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Air Products & Chemicals presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $180.12.

Shares of APD opened at $159.96 on Friday. Air Products & Chemicals has a 1-year low of $134.17 and a 1-year high of $175.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $35,930.13, a P/E ratio of 25.35, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 2.92 and a quick ratio of 2.73.

Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 26th. The basic materials company reported $1.79 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.66 by $0.13. Air Products & Chemicals had a net margin of 33.51% and a return on equity of 14.80%. The firm had revenue of $2.22 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.12 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.47 earnings per share. Air Products & Chemicals’s quarterly revenue was up 17.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Air Products & Chemicals will post 7.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 14th. Investors of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a $1.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. This is a boost from Air Products & Chemicals’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.95. This represents a $4.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.75%. Air Products & Chemicals’s payout ratio is 69.73%.

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About Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including metals, glass, chemical processing, electronics, energy production and refining, food processing, metallurgical, medical, and general manufacturing.

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