Headlines about Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Hawkins earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 45.4266842523762 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on HWKN shares. BidaskClub cut shares of Hawkins from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. TheStreet cut shares of Hawkins from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 15th.
Shares of Hawkins (HWKN) traded up 1.76% on Tuesday, reaching $37.60. 18,747 shares of the company were exchanged. The company has a market capitalization of $400.93 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.17 and a beta of 0.77. Hawkins has a 52 week low of $35.15 and a 52 week high of $54.80. The company’s 50-day moving average is $39.94 and its 200-day moving average is $46.19.
Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter. The firm had revenue of $133.73 million for the quarter. Hawkins had a net margin of 4.28% and a return on equity of 9.53%. On average, equities analysts expect that Hawkins will post $2.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 22nd will be issued a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 21st. This is a boost from Hawkins’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.42. This represents a dividend yield of 2.16%. Hawkins’s dividend payout ratio is presently 42.64%.
In other Hawkins news, Director Mary J. Schumacher bought 1,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 28th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $35.80 per share, for a total transaction of $50,120.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,616 shares in the company, valued at $236,852.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Richard G. Erstad sold 1,200 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.59, for a total transaction of $48,708.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 9,300 shares in the company, valued at $377,487. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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Hawkins, Inc distributes, blends and manufactures chemicals and specialty ingredients for its customers in a range of industries. The Company conducts its business in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. Its Industrial segment is engaged in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to various industries, such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics and energy.
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