Media stories about Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hawkins earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.1466263990939 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Hawkins (NASDAQ HWKN) traded down 0.13% during trading on Friday, reaching $38.10. 70,201 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $406.26 million, a PE ratio of 19.43 and a beta of 0.77. Hawkins has a 12 month low of $35.15 and a 12 month high of $54.80. The company has a 50-day moving average of $38.69 and a 200-day moving average of $45.62.

Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The firm had revenue of $133.73 million for the quarter. Hawkins had a net margin of 4.28% and a return on equity of 9.53%. Analysts forecast that Hawkins will post $2.52 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 22nd will be paid a dividend of $0.44 per share. This represents a yield of 2.16%. This is an increase from Hawkins’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 21st. Hawkins’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.67%.

HWKN has been the subject of several analyst reports. TheStreet downgraded shares of Hawkins from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Hawkins from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th.

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In other Hawkins news, VP Richard G. Erstad sold 1,200 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $40.59, for a total transaction of $48,708.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,300 shares in the company, valued at $377,487. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director Mary J. Schumacher bought 1,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 28th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $35.80 per share, with a total value of $50,120.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,616 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $236,852.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 3.70% of the company’s stock.

About Hawkins

Hawkins, Inc distributes, blends and manufactures chemicals and specialty ingredients for its customers in a range of industries. The Company conducts its business in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. Its Industrial segment is engaged in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to various industries, such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics and energy.

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