Press coverage about W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. W.R. Grace & Co. earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.9399264123859 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
GRA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded W.R. Grace & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a research note on Sunday, September 3rd. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Loop Capital assumed coverage on W.R. Grace & Co. in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $81.00 target price for the company. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $81.36.
Shares of W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) traded down $0.46 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $69.80. The company had a trading volume of 777,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 591,469. The firm has a market cap of $4,761.04, a PE ratio of 32.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.17. W.R. Grace & Co. has a twelve month low of $65.84 and a twelve month high of $77.37. The company has a quick ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.59 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.83.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 7th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.20%. W.R. Grace & Co.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 39.44%.
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About W.R. Grace & Co.
W. R. Grace & Co (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The Company operates in two segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications.
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