Media stories about John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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. John Bean Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.3449963607166 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
JBT has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised John Bean Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, December 14th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $125.00 price target on John Bean Technologies and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $110.57.
Shares of John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) opened at $119.90 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84, a current ratio of 1.33 and a quick ratio of 0.90. The company has a market capitalization of $3,780.00, a PE ratio of 39.18, a PEG ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.31. John Bean Technologies has a 52 week low of $82.45 and a 52 week high of $122.65.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 19th. Investors of record on Monday, March 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.33%. This is a boost from John Bean Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.09. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 2nd. John Bean Technologies’s dividend payout ratio is presently 13.07%.
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About John Bean Technologies
John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry.
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