MSA Safety (MSA) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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 news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.4478791862979 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of MSA Safety (NYSE:MSA) opened at $73.32 on Friday. MSA Safety has a 12 month low of $65.95 and a 12 month high of $86.36. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,767.59, a PE ratio of 33.79 and a beta of 1.62. The company has a quick ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 2.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, March 10th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 14th will be paid a $0.35 dividend. This represents a $1.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 13th. MSA Safety’s dividend payout ratio is 64.52%.

Several analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised MSA Safety from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $88.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Barrington Research reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of MSA Safety in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird lifted their price target on MSA Safety from $80.00 to $89.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. MSA Safety presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $89.00.

In other MSA Safety news, insider Kerry M. Bove sold 5,727 shares of MSA Safety stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total value of $458,160.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 57,874 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,629,920. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Chairman William M. Lambert sold 17,944 shares of MSA Safety stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.57, for a total value of $1,427,804.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 88,790 shares of company stock worth $7,106,723 in the last three months. Company insiders own 15.53% of the company’s stock.

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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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