Media coverage about MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MSA Safety earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.521952313608 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Robert W. Baird upped their price target on MSA Safety from $80.00 to $89.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Sunday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research cut MSA Safety from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Barrington Research restated a “market perform” rating on shares of MSA Safety in a report on Monday, October 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $89.00.
MSA Safety (MSA) remained flat at $$78.58 during midday trading on Thursday. The company had a trading volume of 76,639 shares, compared to its average volume of 206,366. The stock has a market cap of $3,020.00, a PE ratio of 35.88 and a beta of 1.69. MSA Safety has a one year low of $65.95 and a one year high of $86.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a current ratio of 2.11.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, December 10th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th were issued a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 13th. MSA Safety’s dividend payout ratio is presently 63.93%.
In other MSA Safety news, VP Markus H. Weber sold 3,566 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.12, for a total value of $285,707.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 12,651 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,013,598.12. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Kerry M. Bove sold 1,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total value of $123,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 56,739 shares in the company, valued at $4,680,967.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 113,413 shares of company stock valued at $9,074,831. 11.47% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
MSA Safety Company Profile
Mine Safety Appliances Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and supply of products that protect people’s health and safety. The Company’s line of safety products is used by workers worldwide in the fire service, homeland security, oil and gas, construction and other industries, as well as the military.
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