Israel Chemicals (ICL) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

News coverage about Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Israel Chemicals earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.0712016991301 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Israel Chemicals in a research note on Friday, October 6th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Israel Chemicals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Israel Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $4.88.

Shares of Israel Chemicals (NYSE ICL) traded up $0.04 on Tuesday, reaching $4.07. 46,729 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 225,450. Israel Chemicals has a one year low of $3.85 and a one year high of $4.95. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,139.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.42 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a quick ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 1.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93.

Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. Israel Chemicals had a net margin of 4.47% and a return on equity of 13.20%. The company had revenue of $1.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.41 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.09 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.1% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Israel Chemicals will post 0.27 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 20th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 5th were issued a $0.044 dividend. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.32%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 5th. This is an increase from Israel Chemicals’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.02. Israel Chemicals’s dividend payout ratio is 94.74%.

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About Israel Chemicals

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash and salt from subterranean mines in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as uses part of the potash to produce compound fertilizers; mines and processes phosphate rock in open mines; and produces sulfuric acid, agricultural phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, compound fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, and soluble fertilizers.

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