Bard Associates Inc. decreased its position in Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR) by 3.7% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 23,690 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after selling 910 shares during the quarter. Quaker Chemical accounts for approximately 1.7% of Bard Associates Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 8th largest position. Bard Associates Inc. owned about 0.18% of Quaker Chemical worth $3,669,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently made changes to their positions in KWR. Millennium Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Quaker Chemical during the fourth quarter worth $320,000. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of Quaker Chemical by 0.4% during the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 207,693 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $30,766,000 after acquiring an additional 929 shares during the period. Comerica Bank increased its position in shares of Quaker Chemical by 2.9% during the first quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 14,270 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $2,195,000 after acquiring an additional 399 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC increased its position in shares of Quaker Chemical by 38.8% during the first quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 2,064 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $306,000 after acquiring an additional 577 shares during the period. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of Quaker Chemical by 2.2% during the first quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 23,282 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $3,449,000 after acquiring an additional 500 shares during the period. 98.17% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of KWR stock opened at $189.87 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 2.78 and a quick ratio of 2.15. The firm has a market cap of $2.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.90, a PEG ratio of 2.90 and a beta of 1.35. Quaker Chemical Corp has a 12 month low of $137.95 and a 12 month high of $192.65.
A number of research firms have recently weighed in on KWR. Zacks Investment Research raised Quaker Chemical from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $211.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. B. Riley set a $170.00 price objective on Quaker Chemical and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott started coverage on shares of Quaker Chemical in a research note on Friday, July 13th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $170.00 target price for the company. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $176.20.
In related news, VP D Jeffry Benoliel sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $167.93, for a total transaction of $335,860.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 11,531 shares in the company, valued at $1,936,400.83. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Joseph A. Berquist sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $190.64, for a total transaction of $190,640.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,411 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,984,753.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 8,520 shares of company stock valued at $1,486,414. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.
Quaker Chemical Profile
Quaker Chemical Corporation develops, produces, and markets various formulated chemical specialty products for a range of heavy industrial and manufacturing applications in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia/Pacific, and South America. Its products include rolling lubricants used by manufacturers of steel in the hot and cold rolling of steel, and aluminum in the hot rolling of aluminum; machining and grinding compounds for use in cutting, shaping, and grinding metal parts; hydraulic fluids for steel, metalworking, and other customers to operate hydraulic equipment; corrosion preventives to protect metals during manufacture, storage, and shipment; and specialty greases used in automotive and aerospace production processes, steel manufacturing, and various other applications.
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