Media stories about American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Vanguard earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.2088440053588 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

AVD has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Roth Capital set a $22.00 price target on American Vanguard and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised American Vanguard from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $22.00 price target on American Vanguard and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.33.

Shares of American Vanguard (AVD) remained flat at $$18.75 during midday trading on Monday. 494,200 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 99,007. The company has a current ratio of 2.37, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19. The firm has a market capitalization of $558.66, a P/E ratio of 34.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 1.23. American Vanguard has a 12-month low of $14.65 and a 12-month high of $24.00.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $90.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $89.17 million. American Vanguard had a net margin of 4.83% and a return on equity of 5.44%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.10 earnings per share. research analysts expect that American Vanguard will post 0.59 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 10th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 27th will be given a dividend of $0.015 per share. This represents a $0.06 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.32%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 26th. American Vanguard’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 11.11%.

In other news, insider Timothy Donnelly sold 4,000 shares of American Vanguard stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.36, for a total value of $77,440.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 37,564 shares in the company, valued at approximately $727,239.04. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider David` T. Johnson sold 6,611 shares of American Vanguard stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.87, for a total value of $124,749.57. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 28,429 shares in the company, valued at $536,455.23. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 4.70% of the company’s stock.

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About American Vanguard

American Vanguard Corporation operates as a holding company. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc (GemChem), 2110 Davie Corporation (DAVIE), Quimica Amvac de Mexico SA de C.V. (AMVAC M), AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC M Srl), AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC CR Srl), AMVAC Switzerland GmbH (AMVAC S), AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda (AMVAC B), AMVAC C.V.

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