Headlines about H.B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL) have trended somewhat negative recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. H.B. Fuller earned a daily sentiment score of -0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 44.5770899384444 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Shares of H.B. Fuller stock opened at $52.50 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $2.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.00, a PEG ratio of 1.05 and a beta of 1.56. H.B. Fuller has a 1 year low of $46.62 and a 1 year high of $58.74. The company has a current ratio of 2.14, a quick ratio of 1.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.08.
H.B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, March 28th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $713.08 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $663.98 million. H.B. Fuller had a net margin of 3.62% and a return on equity of 11.69%. analysts expect that H.B. Fuller will post 3.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 10th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 26th were paid a $0.155 dividend. This is a boost from H.B. Fuller’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.15. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, April 25th. This represents a $0.62 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.18%. H.B. Fuller’s payout ratio is presently 24.80%.
FUL has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of H.B. Fuller from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. Longbow Research raised shares of H.B. Fuller from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. TheStreet raised shares of H.B. Fuller from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Citigroup upped their target price on shares of H.B. Fuller from $57.50 to $60.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 target price on shares of H.B. Fuller in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $60.50.
In other news, CFO John J. Corkrean purchased 3,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 19th. The shares were bought at an average price of $52.15 per share, for a total transaction of $166,880.00. Following the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 8,247 shares in the company, valued at approximately $430,081.05. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Insiders own 3.46% of the company’s stock.
About H.B. Fuller
H.B. Fuller Company, together with its subsidiaries, formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. The company operates through six segments: Americas Adhesives; EIMEA (Europe, India, Middle East and Africa); Asia Pacific; Construction Products; Engineering Adhesives; and Royal Adhesives.
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