Kraton (KRA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

Media coverage about Kraton (NYSE:KRA) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kraton earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.2671231643748 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

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Shares of KRA stock traded down $1.43 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $48.03. The company had a trading volume of 249,753 shares, compared to its average volume of 259,981. Kraton has a one year low of $30.30 and a one year high of $53.39. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,567.58, a PE ratio of 16.85 and a beta of 1.18. The company has a quick ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 2.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.36.

Kraton (NYSE:KRA) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.64 by $0.03. Kraton had a net margin of 4.98% and a return on equity of 15.47%. The firm had revenue of $465.97 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $437.75 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.29 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.2% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Kraton will post 3.74 earnings per share for the current year.

KRA has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Loop Capital set a $76.00 price target on shares of Kraton and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. ValuEngine raised shares of Kraton from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. TheStreet raised shares of Kraton from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 1st. UBS reissued a “sell” rating and set a $33.00 price target (up from $30.00) on shares of Kraton in a research report on Wednesday, February 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Kraton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Kraton presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.00.

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Kraton Company Profile

Kraton Corporation manufactures and sells styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It operates in two segments, Polymer and Chemical. The Polymer segment offers performance products, including styrene-butadiene-styrene and styrene-isoprene-styrene; and specialty polymers, such as hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers, as well as isoprene rubber and isoprene rubber latex for use in medical and personal care products, adhesives, tackifiers, paints, and coatings.

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