News articles about Kraton (NYSE:KRA) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Kraton earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.3144567285146 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Kraton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Kraton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, October 28th. TheStreet lowered shares of Kraton from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. UBS upped their target price on shares of Kraton from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 target price (up previously from $45.00) on shares of Kraton in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Kraton currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.50.
Shares of Kraton (KRA) opened at $45.57 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $1,423.66, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.42 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.85, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a current ratio of 2.27. Kraton has a 12 month low of $25.09 and a 12 month high of $51.23.
In other news, Director Barry J. Goldstein sold 16,651 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.15, for a total value of $818,396.65. Following the sale, the director now owns 42,323 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,080,175.45. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Stephen E. Tremblay sold 49,623 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.02, for a total transaction of $2,382,896.46. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 83,930 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,030,318.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 218,614 shares of company stock worth $10,434,139. 4.71% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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Kraton Company Profile
Kraton Corporation, formerly Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc, is a specialty chemicals company. The Company manufactures styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers. The Company also produces specialty products primarily derived from pine wood pulping co-products. The Company operates through two segments: Polymer Segment, which comprises SBCs and other engineered polymers business, and Chemical Segment, which comprises pine-based specialty products business.
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