Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Compass Minerals (CMP) Stock Price

News stories about Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Compass Minerals earned a news impact score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.1679463217398 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Shares of CMP stock opened at $64.70 on Monday. Compass Minerals has a twelve month low of $56.50 and a twelve month high of $76.65. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,182.15, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.53 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.92, a current ratio of 2.75 and a quick ratio of 1.67.

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

A number of research firms recently issued reports on CMP. Stifel Nicolaus dropped 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. BMO Capital Markets dropped 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. Stephens began coverage on Compass Minerals in a report on Monday, April 2nd. They set an “overweight” rating and a $74.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine cut Compass Minerals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Compass Minerals in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.50.

In other Compass Minerals news, insider Francis Joseph Malecha sold 1,572 shares of the company’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 sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Steven N. Berger bought 750 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 28th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $59.35 per share, with a total value of $44,512.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 2,229 shares of company stock valued at $140,895 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.94% of the company’s stock.

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About Compass Minerals

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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