POSCO (NYSE:PKX) Lifted to “Buy” at StockNews.com

StockNews.com upgraded shares of POSCO (NYSE:PKXGet Rating) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Monday.

Separately, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered POSCO from an overweight rating to a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, October 24th.

POSCO Stock Up 0.4 %

Shares of NYSE:PKX opened at $54.55 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $16.50 billion, a P/E ratio of 3.99 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a quick ratio of 1.33, a current ratio of 2.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.21. POSCO has a 12-month low of $36.53 and a 12-month high of $65.11. The business has a fifty day simple moving average of $44.65 and a 200 day simple moving average of $47.36.

POSCO (NYSE:PKXGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, September 15th. The basic materials company reported $3.86 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The business had revenue of $18.41 billion during the quarter. POSCO had a return on equity of 9.30% and a net margin of 6.29%.

POSCO Cuts Dividend

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 30th were given a $0.612 dividend. This represents a $2.45 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.49%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, June 29th. POSCO’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.92%.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of POSCO by 17.7% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,395,026 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $82,683,000 after acquiring an additional 210,190 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of POSCO by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 841,473 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $30,806,000 after acquiring an additional 17,080 shares in the last quarter. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC raised its position in shares of POSCO by 21.1% in the 3rd quarter. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC now owns 584,063 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $21,383,000 after acquiring an additional 101,900 shares in the last quarter. RWWM Inc. grew its stake in shares of POSCO by 412.6% in the 3rd quarter. RWWM Inc. now owns 569,113 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $20,835,000 after buying an additional 458,086 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of POSCO by 2.8% in the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 371,615 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $22,026,000 after buying an additional 10,142 shares during the period. 3.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

POSCO Company Profile

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POSCO Holdings Inc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells steel rolled products and plates in South Korea and internationally. It operates through four segments: Steel, Construction, Trading, and Others. The company offers hot and cold rolled steel, steel plates, wire rods, galvanized sheets, electrical steel, stainless steel, and titanium.

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