ESCO Technologies (ESE) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ESCO Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.8042121189823 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

ESCO Technologies (ESE) opened at $63.80 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, a quick ratio of 1.38 and a current ratio of 2.01. ESCO Technologies has a 52 week low of $50.30 and a 52 week high of $65.95. The stock has a market cap of $1,674.17, a P/E ratio of 30.28 and a beta of 1.05.

ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 14th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.04. ESCO Technologies had a net margin of 7.83% and a return on equity of 8.64%. The business had revenue of $207.01 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $211.02 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.67 EPS. ESCO Technologies’s revenue for the quarter was up 29.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts expect that ESCO Technologies will post 2.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 19th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 4th will be paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 3rd. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.50%. ESCO Technologies’s payout ratio is currently 15.46%.

ESE has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of ESCO Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. B. Riley set a $71.00 price target on shares of ESCO Technologies and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC upgraded shares of ESCO Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. ESCO Technologies presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $68.00.

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ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging.

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