ValuEngine lowered shares of A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHLM) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research raised A. Schulman from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. BidaskClub raised A. Schulman from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $33.00.

Shares of A. Schulman (NASDAQ SHLM) opened at 26.30 on Friday. A. Schulman has a 1-year low of $19.58 and a 1-year high of $37.70. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $29.04 and its 200-day moving average price is $30.97. The company’s market capitalization is $773.75 million.

A. Schulman (NASDAQ:SHLM) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 28th. The basic materials company reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.02. A. Schulman had a negative net margin of 14.86% and a positive return on equity of 35.64%. The business had revenue of $645.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $619.54 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.79 earnings per share. A. Schulman’s quarterly revenue was down .7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that A. Schulman will post $1.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 14th will be paid a $0.205 dividend. This represents a $0.82 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.12%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 12th. A. Schulman’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -6.56%.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in A. Schulman by 45,121.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,588,792 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $112,868,000 after buying an additional 3,580,856 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in A. Schulman by 6.3% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,654,590 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $83,487,000 after buying an additional 156,877 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in A. Schulman by 11.3% in the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,060,635 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $33,357,000 after buying an additional 107,495 shares in the last quarter. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. increased its stake in A. Schulman by 11.6% in the first quarter. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. now owns 963,914 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $30,315,000 after buying an additional 100,150 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in A. Schulman by 7.0% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 679,525 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $21,367,000 after buying an additional 44,690 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.27% of the company’s stock.

About A. Schulman

A. Schulman, Inc is an international supplier of plastic formulations, resins and services, and provides solutions to its customers’ requirements through custom-formulated products. The Company’s customers span a range of markets, such as packaging, mobility, building and construction, electronics and electrical, agriculture, personal care and hygiene, custom services, and sports, home and leisure.

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