Press coverage about Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) has been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Air Products & Chemicals earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.0501669094777 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

APD opened at $166.61 on Friday. Air Products & Chemicals has a fifty-two week low of $143.79 and a fifty-two week high of $175.17. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 2.40 and a quick ratio of 2.24. The stock has a market cap of $34.62 billion, a PE ratio of 26.40, a PEG ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 1.09.

Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE:APD) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The basic materials company reported $1.95 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.11. Air Products & Chemicals had a return on equity of 15.15% and a net margin of 17.13%. The company had revenue of $2.26 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.31 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.65 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Air Products & Chemicals will post 7.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, November 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 1st will be paid a dividend of $1.10 per share. This represents a $4.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.64%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, September 28th. Air Products & Chemicals’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 69.73%.

APD has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group set a $181.00 price objective on Air Products & Chemicals and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 26th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Air Products & Chemicals from $185.00 to $198.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised Air Products & Chemicals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 30th. ValuEngine downgraded Air Products & Chemicals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 5th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced their price objective on Air Products & Chemicals from $172.00 to $170.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $183.47.

About Air Products & Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc provides atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, electronics and performance materials, equipment, and services worldwide. The company produces atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; process gases, such as hydrogen, helium, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, syngas, and specialty gases; and equipment for the production or processing of gases comprising air separation units and non-cryogenic generators for customers in various industries, including metals, glass, chemical processing, electronics, energy production and refining, food processing, metallurgical, medical, and general manufacturing.

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