Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Kraton (NYSE:KRA) Share Price

News headlines about Kraton (NYSE:KRA) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kraton earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.3454683854989 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Kraton (NYSE KRA) opened at $45.87 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 2.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.85. Kraton has a one year low of $25.09 and a one year high of $51.23. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,423.66, a P/E ratio of 18.42 and a beta of 1.19.

Kraton (NYSE:KRA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The specialty chemicals company reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.57. The company had revenue of $510.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $481.77 million. Kraton had a return on equity of 14.19% and a net margin of 1.27%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.63 EPS. research analysts predict that Kraton will post 2.96 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on KRA shares. TheStreet lowered Kraton from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kraton from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Saturday, October 28th. ValuEngine upgraded Kraton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. UBS raised their price target on Kraton from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $55.00 price target (up from $45.00) on shares of Kraton in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.50.

In related news, SVP James Leo Simmons sold 6,950 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.39, for a total value of $329,360.50. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 25,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,184,750. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, SVP Holger R. Jung sold 21,202 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.64, for a total value of $840,447.28. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 48,819 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,935,185.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 218,614 shares of company stock worth $10,434,139. Company insiders own 4.71% of the company’s stock.

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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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