Media stories about Lennox International (NYSE:LII) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Lennox International earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the construction company an impact score of 45.6785452024115 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on LII shares. Cowen and Company lifted their price target on shares of Lennox International from $172.00 to $200.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. BidaskClub raised shares of Lennox International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 15th. TheStreet raised shares of Lennox International from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 17th. UBS AG boosted their target price on shares of Lennox International from $170.00 to $175.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $190.00 target price (up from $162.50) on shares of Lennox International in a report on Friday, July 7th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $176.71.

Lennox International (NYSE LII) traded down 0.10% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $167.37. 271,654 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $178.82 and a 200-day moving average of $171.67. The stock has a market cap of $7.06 billion, a PE ratio of 24.11 and a beta of 1.14. Lennox International has a 12 month low of $140.97 and a 12 month high of $192.58.

Lennox International (NYSE:LII) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 24th. The construction company reported $2.83 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.76 by $0.07. Lennox International had a net margin of 7.92% and a return on equity of 1,821.73%. The business had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.09 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $2.53 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Lennox International will post $8.02 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 17th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 30th were given a dividend of $0.51 per share. This is a boost from Lennox International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.43. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 28th. Lennox International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 29.35%.

In other news, VP Chris Kosel sold 357 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.51, for a total value of $61,943.07. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 1,379 shares in the company, valued at $239,270.29. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP David W. Moon sold 2,350 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $171.45, for a total transaction of $402,907.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 112,408 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,272,351.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 14,094 shares of company stock worth $2,409,181 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 3.90% of the company’s stock.

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Lennox International Company Profile

Lennox International Inc is a provider of climate control solutions. The Company designs, manufactures and markets a range of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) markets. It operates through three segments: Residential Heating & Cooling; Commercial Heating & Cooling, and Refrigeration.

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