Vesuvius PLC (LON:VSVS) passed below its two hundred day moving average during trading on Wednesday . The stock has a two hundred day moving average of $455.47 and traded as low as $446.20. Vesuvius shares last traded at $457.20, with a volume of 231,054 shares trading hands.
A number of research firms have weighed in on VSVS. Berenberg Bank raised their price target on Vesuvius from GBX 485 ($6.38) to GBX 565 ($7.43) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, January 20th. Morgan Stanley restated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Vesuvius in a research report on Thursday, December 5th. Jefferies Financial Group lowered their price target on Vesuvius from GBX 605 ($7.96) to GBX 590 ($7.76) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday. Barclays initiated coverage on Vesuvius in a report on Monday, January 20th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a GBX 495 ($6.51) price objective on the stock. Finally, Peel Hunt reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Vesuvius in a report on Thursday. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 612.75 ($8.06).
The stock has a market cap of $1.25 billion and a PE ratio of 10.03. The company has a fifty day moving average price of GBX 465.09 and a 200 day moving average price of GBX 454.85. The company has a quick ratio of 1.64, a current ratio of 2.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 44.89.
Vesuvius plc provides engineering services and solutions principally to steel and foundry industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Steel and Foundry. The company offers foundry consumables and equipment, including binders, melt shop refractories, coatings, filtration and gating systems, metallurgical and pouring control systems, feeding systems, die dressings and coatings, melt treatment products, crucibles, and ceramics for the iron, steel, and nonferrous foundries.
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