Compass Minerals (CMP) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

News coverage about Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.9427712667015 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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Shares of Compass Minerals stock opened at $67.70 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.67, a current ratio of 2.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.92. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,270.11, a PE ratio of 24.62 and a beta of 0.64. Compass Minerals has a fifty-two week low of $56.50 and a fifty-two week high of $76.65.

Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 13th. The basic materials company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.37 by $0.29. The business had revenue of $457.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $468.52 million. Compass Minerals had a return on equity of 13.02% and a net margin of 3.13%. equities analysts anticipate that Compass Minerals will post 2.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Stephens assumed coverage on Compass Minerals in a report on Monday, April 2nd. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $74.00 price objective for the company. BMO Capital Markets cut their price objective on Compass Minerals from $75.00 to $70.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, February 15th. ValuEngine lowered Compass Minerals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Stifel Nicolaus cut their price objective on Compass Minerals from $85.00 to $79.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Compass Minerals in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $71.50.

In related news, SVP Steven N. Berger bought 750 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 28th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $59.35 per share, with a total value of $44,512.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Francis Joseph Malecha sold 1,572 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.21, for a total value of $99,366.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 2,229 shares of company stock worth $140,895 over the last ninety days. 0.94% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Compass Minerals Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc, produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. It operates in three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment offers sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, including rock salt, mechanically and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products.

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