Shares of American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation, one has assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $25.50.

Several analysts have weighed in on AVD shares. Zacks Investment Research cut American Vanguard from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $23.00 price objective on shares of American Vanguard in a research report on Friday, November 3rd.

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

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Heartland Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 21.8% during the fourth quarter. Heartland Advisors Inc. now owns 981,413 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $19,285,000 after purchasing an additional 175,780 shares during the last quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. purchased a new position in shares of American Vanguard during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,289,000. Strs Ohio lifted its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 14.3% during the fourth quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 40,000 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $786,000 after purchasing an additional 5,000 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 9.1% during the fourth quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 111,565 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $2,193,000 after purchasing an additional 9,285 shares during the last quarter. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP lifted its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 105.7% during the third quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 65,019 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,489,000 after purchasing an additional 33,413 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.25% of the company’s stock.

American Vanguard (NYSE AVD) traded down $0.20 during trading on Friday, reaching $19.55. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,508 shares, compared to its average volume of 110,317. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 2.37. The company has a market cap of $583.97, a PE ratio of 36.30, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 1.21. American Vanguard has a fifty-two week low of $14.65 and a fifty-two week high of $24.00.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 10th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 27th were issued a dividend of $0.015 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 26th. This represents a $0.06 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.31%. American Vanguard’s payout ratio is 11.11%.

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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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