Media stories about Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing 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. Israel Chemicals Shs earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.321065088156 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Israel Chemicals Ltd. (streetinsider.com)
- Ethiopia mulls new potash partner as failed deal is arbitrated (miningweekly.com)
- Israel Chemicals (ICL) Presents At Credit Suisse 30th Annual Basic Materials Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com)
- Ethiopia Mulls New Potash Partner After Failed Deal With Israeli Firm (finance.yahoo.com)
- Comparing Israel Chemicals Shs (ICL) & Compass Minerals International (CMP) (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of brokerages have commented on ICL. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $5.25 price target (up previously from $4.75) on shares of Israel Chemicals Shs in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research cut Israel Chemicals Shs from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 25th. BidaskClub raised Israel Chemicals Shs from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. ValuEngine cut Israel Chemicals Shs from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $4.50 price target on shares of Israel Chemicals Shs in a research report on Friday, September 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $4.67.
Shares of Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) opened at 4.33 on Friday. Israel Chemicals Shs has a 12 month low of $3.52 and a 12 month high of $4.95. The firm’s market cap is $5.52 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $4.49 and its 200-day moving average price is $4.41.
Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.06 by ($0.01). Israel Chemicals Shs had a negative net margin of 3.43% and a positive return on equity of 13.55%. The company had revenue of $1.32 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.32 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.09 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Israel Chemicals Shs will post $0.26 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, September 13th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 29th were paid a $0.0245 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, August 29th. This represents a $0.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.26%. Israel Chemicals Shs’s dividend payout ratio is presently -66.66%.
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Israel Chemicals Shs Company Profile
Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash and salt from subterranean mines in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as uses part of the potash to produce compound fertilizers; mines and processes phosphate rock in open mines; and produces sulfuric acid, agricultural phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, compound fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, and soluble fertilizers.
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