Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect FMC (NYSE:FMC) Stock Price

Media stories about FMC (NYSE:FMC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. FMC earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.2483448498654 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $108.00 price target on shares of FMC in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $102.00 price target (up previously from $93.00) on shares of FMC in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $112.00 price target on shares of FMC in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of FMC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $101.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 price target on shares of FMC in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $94.80.

Shares of FMC (NYSE FMC) traded up $0.36 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $97.88. 945,027 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 995,840. The company has a current ratio of 2.19, a quick ratio of 1.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $13,140.00, a P/E ratio of 67.04, a P/E/G ratio of 1.63 and a beta of 1.61. FMC has a 12-month low of $56.53 and a 12-month high of $98.69.

FMC (NYSE:FMC) last issued its earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The basic materials company reported $0.70 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.63 by $0.07. FMC had a net margin of 10.97% and a return on equity of 13.59%. The firm had revenue of $646.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $686.21 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.67 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that FMC will post 2.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 18th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.165 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.67%. FMC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 45.21%.

In other news, insider Nicholas Pfeiffer sold 375 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.33, for a total transaction of $33,873.75. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 6,856 shares in the company, valued at $619,302.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 1.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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FMC Company Profile

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. As of December 31, 2016, the FMC Agricultural Solutions segment developed, marketed and sold three classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

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