Huntsman (HUN) Earning Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media stories about Huntsman (NYSE:HUN) have been trending somewhat negative on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Huntsman earned a media sentiment score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 50.8115049423498 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Huntsman (NYSE HUN) opened at $32.77 on Thursday. The stock has a market cap of $7,841.06, a PE ratio of 15.39, a P/E/G ratio of 1.50 and a beta of 2.76. The company has a current ratio of 1.87, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10. Huntsman has a 52-week low of $19.68 and a 52-week high of $36.09.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Huntsman in a research note on Friday, October 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. UBS Group boosted their target price on shares of Huntsman from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Goldman Sachs Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $36.00 target price on shares of Huntsman in a research note on Monday, December 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. assumed coverage on shares of Huntsman in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $36.00 target price on the stock. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Huntsman from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Huntsman currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $34.00.

In related news, Director Mary C. Beckerle sold 4,507 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.76, for a total transaction of $138,635.32. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Corp Huntsman sold 21,764,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.66, for a total transaction of $471,425,568.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 24,159,055 shares of company stock worth $527,888,744. 19.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Huntsman

Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives.

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