Huntsman Corporation (HUN) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News stories about Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Huntsman Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.8456787329612 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE HUN) traded up 0.08% on Friday, reaching $25.15. 1,147,363 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $26.29 and its 200 day moving average price is $24.18. Huntsman Corporation has a 1-year low of $14.16 and a 1-year high of $28.30. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.26 and a beta of 2.81. Huntsman Corporation also was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock traders acquired 28,560 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 1,450% compared to the average volume of 1,843 call options.

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The basic materials company reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.18. The business had revenue of $2.62 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.64 billion. Huntsman Corporation had a net margin of 4.33% and a return on equity of 30.04%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.53 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Huntsman Corporation will post $2.22 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on HUN. KeyCorp raised shares of Huntsman Corporation from a “sector weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $34.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, July 24th. BidaskClub cut shares of Huntsman Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. ValuEngine raised shares of Huntsman Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 3rd. Alembic Global Advisors set a $28.00 price target on shares of Huntsman Corporation and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $29.00 price target on shares of Huntsman Corporation in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $28.67.

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In other news, CFO Sean Douglas bought 2,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 31st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $23.74 per share, with a total value of $59,350.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 66,996 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,590,485.04. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Randy W. Wright sold 56,675 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.76, for a total transaction of $1,459,948.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 66,023 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,700,752.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 19.00% of the company’s stock.

Huntsman Corporation Company Profile

Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives.

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