Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (POT) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT) (TSE:POT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan earned a coverage optimism score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the fertilizer maker an impact score of 43.1056215690868 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

POT has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.50 target price on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research report on Friday, August 11th. UBS lifted their target price on Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. initiated coverage on Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $24.25 target price for the company. Finally, TD Securities raised Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $17.50 to $24.00 in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $20.25.

Shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (POT) traded down $0.32 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $18.64. The stock had a trading volume of 5,729,107 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,853,562. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan has a twelve month low of $15.74 and a twelve month high of $20.26. The stock has a market cap of $15,971.52, a P/E ratio of 38.02, a PEG ratio of 4.64 and a beta of 0.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 0.99 and a quick ratio of 0.50.

Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT) (TSE:POT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The fertilizer maker reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by ($0.03). Potash Co. of Saskatchewan had a net margin of 10.21% and a return on equity of 5.01%. The company had revenue of $1.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.03 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.10 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Potash Co. of Saskatchewan will post 0.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Potash Co. of Saskatchewan Company Profile

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc (PCS) is a fertilizer producer producing a range of primary crop nutrients, such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate. The Company operates through three segments: potash, nitrogen and phosphate. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five potash operations in Saskatchewan and owned one in New Brunswick.

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