Air Products and Chemicals (APD) Getting Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News articles about Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Air Products and Chemicals earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3980395626173 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on APD. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc raised shares of Air Products and Chemicals from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $165.00 to $175.00 in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. UBS AG raised shares of Air Products and Chemicals from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. Vertical Research reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $148.00 price target (up from $146.00) on shares of Air Products and Chemicals in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on shares of Air Products and Chemicals from $160.00 to $168.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $158.00 price target (up from $153.00) on shares of Air Products and Chemicals in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Air Products and Chemicals currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $155.33.

Shares of Air Products and Chemicals (APD) traded up 0.32% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $150.98. 2,491,400 shares of the company traded hands. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $146.74 and its 200-day moving average price is $142.94. The stock has a market cap of $32.91 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.34 and a beta of 1.25. Air Products and Chemicals has a 12 month low of $129.00 and a 12 month high of $151.42.

Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $1.65 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.59 by $0.06. Air Products and Chemicals had a return on equity of 17.23% and a net margin of 34.63%. The firm had revenue of $2.12 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.06 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.92 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 10.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts expect that Air Products and Chemicals will post $6.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 13th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.95 per share. This represents a $3.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, October 6th. Air Products and Chemicals’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.51%.

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Air Products and Chemicals Company Profile

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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