News stories about Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Huntsman Corporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.1640366654875 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) traded down $0.18 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $30.82. 1,983,100 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,655,153. Huntsman Corporation has a twelve month low of $18.18 and a twelve month high of $32.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,400.00, a PE ratio of 12.97, a P/E/G ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 2.87. The company has a current ratio of 1.87, a quick ratio of 1.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10.

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) last announced its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The basic materials company reported $0.67 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.17. Huntsman Corporation had a net margin of 5.37% and a return on equity of 30.64%. The business had revenue of $2.17 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.99 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.38 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 18.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Huntsman Corporation will post 2.61 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.62%. Huntsman Corporation’s payout ratio is currently 29.07%.

HUN has been the subject of a number of research reports. BidaskClub cut shares of Huntsman Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Instinet reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price (up from $30.00) on shares of Huntsman Corporation in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 target price on shares of Huntsman Corporation in a report on Friday, October 27th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Huntsman Corporation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the company from $30.00 to $32.00 in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, UBS Group AG upped their target price on shares of Huntsman Corporation from $31.00 to $32.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $31.55.

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In other Huntsman Corporation news, Director Mary C. Beckerle sold 4,507 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $30.76, for a total value of $138,635.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP J Kimo Esplin sold 428,571 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.54, for a total transaction of $13,517,129.34. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 925,271 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $29,183,047.34. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 1,056,190 shares of company stock valued at $33,429,051. Company insiders own 19.00% of the company’s stock.

About Huntsman Corporation

Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International). The Company operates through five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments and Additives.

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