ESCO Technologies (ESE) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing 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. ESCO Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 45.3871430146974 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Stephens set a $65.00 target price on ESCO Technologies and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Needham & Company LLC upgraded ESCO Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ESCO Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, B. Riley restated a “buy” rating on shares of ESCO Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. ESCO Technologies presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $68.75.

Shares of ESCO Technologies (NYSE ESE) opened at $65.10 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, a quick ratio of 1.38 and a current ratio of 2.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,681.92, a PE ratio of 31.45 and a beta of 1.05. ESCO Technologies has a 52 week low of $50.30 and a 52 week high of $65.95.

ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 14th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.79 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $207.01 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $211.02 million. ESCO Technologies had a return on equity of 8.64% and a net margin of 7.83%. The company’s revenue was up 29.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.67 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that ESCO Technologies will post 2.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 19th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, January 4th will be given a dividend of $0.08 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 3rd. This represents a $0.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.49%. ESCO Technologies’s payout ratio is 15.46%.

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ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging.

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