Air Products & Chemicals (APD) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

News articles about Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Air Products & Chemicals earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.2560092306765 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 headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

A number of brokerages recently commented on APD. Jefferies Group raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $166.00 to $185.00 in a research note on Monday, December 11th. HSBC raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. SunTrust Banks raised their price objective on Air Products & Chemicals to $185.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 13th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Air Products & Chemicals currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $166.79.

Shares of Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE APD) traded up $1.40 during trading on Friday, reaching $168.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 742,202 shares, compared to its average volume of 881,125. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 2.36 and a quick ratio of 2.23. The stock has a market capitalization of $36,860.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.65, a P/E/G ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 1.24. Air Products & Chemicals has a fifty-two week low of $133.63 and a fifty-two week high of $168.97.

Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The basic materials company reported $1.76 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.68 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $2.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.12 billion. Air Products & Chemicals had a return on equity of 15.25% and a net margin of 36.65%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.01 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Air Products & Chemicals will post 7.03 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, February 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.95 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. This represents a $3.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.26%. Air Products & Chemicals’s payout ratio is presently 73.64%.

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About Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc, is an industrial gases company. The Company’s Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The Company is also a supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

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