News coverage about Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hawkins earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.4850711713722 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. TheStreet downgraded Hawkins from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. BidaskClub downgraded Hawkins from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th.
Hawkins (NASDAQ HWKN) traded up 1.02% during trading on Monday, hitting $39.50. The stock had a trading volume of 45,819 shares. The firm has a market cap of $421.19 million, a PE ratio of 20.14 and a beta of 0.77. Hawkins has a 52-week low of $35.15 and a 52-week high of $54.80. The company’s 50 day moving average is $39.02 and its 200 day moving average is $45.85.
Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter. Hawkins had a net margin of 4.28% and a return on equity of 9.53%. The company had revenue of $133.73 million for the quarter. Equities research analysts forecast that Hawkins will post $2.52 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 22nd will be issued a $0.44 dividend. This represents a yield of 2.16%. This is a positive change from Hawkins’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 21st. Hawkins’s dividend payout ratio is presently 42.64%.
In other Hawkins news, VP Richard G. Erstad sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.59, for a total value of $48,708.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,300 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $377,487. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Mary J. Schumacher purchased 1,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 28th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $35.80 per share, for a total transaction of $50,120.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 6,616 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $236,852.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 3.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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Hawkins, Inc distributes, blends and manufactures chemicals and specialty ingredients for its customers in a range of industries. The Company conducts its business in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. Its Industrial segment is engaged in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to various industries, such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics and energy.
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