Media stories about Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) have trended somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Church & Dwight earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 47.0735921705947 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Shares of Church & Dwight (NYSE CHD) traded up $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $49.78. The stock had a trading volume of 3,177,130 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,680,365. Church & Dwight has a 52 week low of $43.21 and a 52 week high of $54.18. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,441.27, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.45.
Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 5th. The company reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.02. Church & Dwight had a return on equity of 24.95% and a net margin of 19.69%. The company had revenue of $1.03 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.44 earnings per share. Church & Dwight’s revenue was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight will post 2.27 EPS for the current year.
Church & Dwight announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, November 2nd that permits the company to repurchase $500.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Church & Dwight from $46.00 to $48.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. Royal Bank of Canada upped their price target on Church & Dwight to $51.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on Church & Dwight from $45.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 6th. UBS Group upgraded Church & Dwight from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.40.
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Church & Dwight Company Profile
Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.
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