AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) Receives Coverage Optimism Score of 0.34

Press coverage about AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) has trended positive on Friday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AptarGroup earned a media sentiment score of 0.34 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 84 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on ATR. BidaskClub downgraded shares of AptarGroup from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $77.00 price objective on shares of AptarGroup in a report on Thursday, June 8th. Vertical Research downgraded shares of AptarGroup from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, May 1st. BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $92.00 target price on shares of AptarGroup in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of AptarGroup in a report on Friday, June 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $81.83.

Shares of AptarGroup (ATR) traded up 0.77% during trading on Friday, reaching $82.14. 214,207 shares of the company were exchanged. AptarGroup has a one year low of $70.32 and a one year high of $90.79. The company has a market capitalization of $5.15 billion, a PE ratio of 24.16 and a beta of 0.96. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $86.45 and its 200 day moving average price is $80.60.

AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The industrial products company reported $1.01 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.05. AptarGroup had a return on equity of 16.91% and a net margin of 9.36%. The company had revenue of $617.75 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $624.74 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.91 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that AptarGroup will post $3.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 16th. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 26th will be issued a $0.32 dividend. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, July 24th. AptarGroup’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 37.54%.

In other AptarGroup news, Director Stephen J. Hagge sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.97, for a total value of $2,149,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 107,700 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,258,969. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Ralf K. Wunderlich sold 2,559 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.81, for a total value of $211,910.79. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 36,024 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,983,147.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 143,226 shares of company stock valued at $11,874,458. 5.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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AptarGroup Company Profile

AptarGroup, Inc is a provider of a range of packaging, dispensing and sealing solutions, primarily for the beauty, personal care, homecare, prescription drug, consumer healthcare, injectables, food and beverage markets. The Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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