Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) Share Price

News headlines about Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Air Products & Chemicals earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3612894227515 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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Shares of Air Products & Chemicals stock opened at $159.03 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $34,631.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.24, a P/E/G ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 1.22. Air Products & Chemicals has a one year low of $134.09 and a one year high of $175.17. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a quick ratio of 2.73 and a current ratio of 2.92.

Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 26th. The basic materials company reported $1.79 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.66 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $2.22 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.12 billion. Air Products & Chemicals had a return on equity of 14.80% and a net margin of 33.51%. The firm’s revenue was up 17.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.47 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Air Products & Chemicals will post 7.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, May 14th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be paid a $1.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $4.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.77%. This is a boost from Air Products & Chemicals’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.95. Air Products & Chemicals’s payout ratio is currently 29.25%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on APD shares. Jefferies Group raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $166.00 to $185.00 in a report on Monday, December 11th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded Air Products & Chemicals from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $170.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Monness Crespi & Hardt boosted their price target on Air Products & Chemicals from $180.00 to $190.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Credit Suisse Group set a $181.00 target price on Air Products & Chemicals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $185.00 target price on shares of Air Products & Chemicals in a report on Monday, January 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $180.12.

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About Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc, is an industrial gases company. The Company’s Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The Company is also a supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

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