W. R. Grace & Co (GRA) Given News Impact Rating of 0.41

Media stories about W. R. Grace & Co (NYSE:GRA) have trended positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W. R. Grace & Co earned a daily sentiment score of 0.41 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 47.3075555925404 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on GRA shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of W. R. Grace & Co from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $76.00 price target on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 19th. BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on shares of W. R. Grace & Co in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $77.00 price objective on the stock. Credit Suisse Group set a $82.00 price objective on shares of W. R. Grace & Co and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of W. R. Grace & Co from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, May 16th. Finally, KeyCorp increased their price objective on shares of W. R. Grace & Co from $76.00 to $80.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $81.50.

W. R. Grace & Co opened at $73.16 on Friday, according to MarketBeat.com. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 6.23, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.56. W. R. Grace & Co has a 1-year low of $58.48 and a 1-year high of $77.37. The company has a market capitalization of $4.89 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.55 and a beta of 1.18.

W. R. Grace & Co (NYSE:GRA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.73 by $0.09. W. R. Grace & Co had a net margin of 0.68% and a return on equity of 73.16%. The business had revenue of $431.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $419.76 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.68 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that W. R. Grace & Co will post 3.9 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 6th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 16th were given a $0.24 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, May 15th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.31%. W. R. Grace & Co’s payout ratio is presently 28.24%.

About W. R. Grace & Co

W. R. Grace & Co produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment offers fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts for the production of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels, and other petroleum-based products; FCC additives; and methanol-to-olefins catalysts for the conversion of methanol into petrochemical feeds, including ethylene and propylene.

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