News articles about Knowles (NYSE:KN) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Knowles earned a daily sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 46.1995136717276 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Knowles stock opened at $13.40 on Thursday. Knowles has a twelve month low of $13.10 and a twelve month high of $19.90. The company has a current ratio of 2.60, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,204.56, a P/E ratio of 18.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.78 and a beta of 0.79.

Knowles (NYSE:KN) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The communications equipment provider reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.07. Knowles had a return on equity of 6.28% and a net margin of 8.32%. The firm had revenue of $215.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $221.96 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.32 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Knowles will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. Craig Hallum reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target (down previously from $20.00) on shares of Knowles in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Lake Street Capital lowered their price target on Knowles from $19.00 to $17.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. Piper Jaffray Companies assumed coverage on Knowles in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $15.50 price target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Knowles from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Knowles currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.08.

In other news, Director Didier Hirsch bought 3,000 shares of Knowles stock in a transaction on Friday, February 16th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $14.45 per share, for a total transaction of $43,350.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders have acquired a total of 8,009 shares of company stock worth $114,693 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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About Knowles

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC).

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