Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Compass Minerals International (CMP) Stock Price

Headlines about Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Compass Minerals International earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.1915685469287 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on CMP shares. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price target on shares of Compass Minerals International in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. TheStreet raised Compass Minerals International from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 30th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. BidaskClub raised Compass Minerals International from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Monness Crespi & Hardt raised Compass Minerals International from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Compass Minerals International currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $73.60.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE CMP) opened at $70.20 on Tuesday. Compass Minerals International has a 12-month low of $59.72 and a 12-month high of $84.40. The company has a current ratio of 2.52, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,379.73, a P/E ratio of 28.83 and a beta of 0.51.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The basic materials company reported $0.65 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.85 by ($0.20). Compass Minerals International had a net margin of 10.72% and a return on equity of 11.52%. The firm had revenue of $290.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $323.76 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.27 EPS. Compass Minerals International’s revenue for the quarter was up 61.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that Compass Minerals International will post 2.62 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were given a $0.72 dividend. This represents a $2.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.10%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Compass Minerals International’s payout ratio is 67.76%.

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About Compass Minerals International

Compass Minerals International, Inc (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes.

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