Kennedy Capital Management Inc. Has $7.72 Million Position in American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD)

Kennedy Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) by 6.9% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 392,757 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 25,265 shares during the period. Kennedy Capital Management Inc. owned 1.32% of American Vanguard worth $7,718,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Macquarie Group Ltd. bought a new position in shares of American Vanguard in the third quarter valued at approximately $141,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at $153,000. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at $221,000. Citadel Advisors LLC bought a new position in American Vanguard during the third quarter valued at $227,000. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its position in shares of American Vanguard by 58.5% during the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 14,294 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $327,000 after acquiring an additional 5,275 shares in the last quarter. 76.80% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of American Vanguard Corp. (AVD) traded down $0.50 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $22.65. The stock had a trading volume of 254,880 shares, compared to its average volume of 113,779. American Vanguard Corp. has a 52-week low of $14.90 and a 52-week high of $24.00. The company has a market capitalization of $603.34, a PE ratio of 32.83, a P/E/G ratio of 1.57 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.20, a current ratio of 2.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, March 12th. The basic materials company reported $0.17 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17. American Vanguard had a net margin of 5.70% and a return on equity of 5.80%. The business had revenue of $116.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $110.06 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.13 earnings per share. American Vanguard’s quarterly revenue was up 33.1% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that American Vanguard Corp. will post 0.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Vanguard from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.33.

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American Vanguard Company Profile

American Vanguard Corporation operates as a holding company. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc (GemChem), 2110 Davie Corporation (DAVIE), Quimica Amvac de Mexico SA de C.V. (AMVAC M), AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC M Srl), AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC CR Srl), AMVAC Switzerland GmbH (AMVAC S), AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda (AMVAC B), AMVAC C.V.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD)

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