TheStreet upgraded shares of Milacron (NYSE:MCRN) from a c rating to a b rating in a research report report published on Wednesday.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub raised Milacron from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised Milacron from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. KeyCorp reissued a buy rating and issued a $21.00 price target on shares of Milacron in a report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a buy rating and issued a $23.00 price target on shares of Milacron in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Milacron has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $21.67.

Milacron (MCRN) opened at $18.11 on Wednesday. Milacron has a 52 week low of $15.09 and a 52 week high of $19.57. The company has a quick ratio of 1.31, a current ratio of 2.39 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -5.41. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,263.38, a PE ratio of 10.77, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.94.

Milacron (NYSE:MCRN) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The industrial products company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $314.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $301.13 million. Milacron had a negative return on equity of 56.93% and a negative net margin of 0.09%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.36 earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that Milacron will post 1.62 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Director Ira G. Boots sold 24,300 shares of Milacron stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.26, for a total transaction of $443,718.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Ronald M. Krisanda sold 10,000 shares of Milacron stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.24, for a total value of $182,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 11,218,934 shares of company stock valued at $180,062,325 in the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 3.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. lifted its holdings in Milacron by 6.0% in the second quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 6,676 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $117,000 after acquiring an additional 379 shares during the period. Pitcairn Co. lifted its holdings in Milacron by 3.5% in the second quarter. Pitcairn Co. now owns 13,292 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $234,000 after acquiring an additional 452 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Milacron by 17.6% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 6,678 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $117,000 after acquiring an additional 1,000 shares during the period. Stifel Financial Corp lifted its holdings in Milacron by 3.3% in the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 75,418 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $1,326,000 after acquiring an additional 2,404 shares during the period. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its holdings in Milacron by 765.3% in the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 5,754 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $101,000 after acquiring an additional 5,089 shares during the period. 99.73% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Milacron

Milacron Holdings Corp. is engaged in the manufacture, distribution, and service of engineered and customized systems used in the plastic technology and processing industry. The Company operates through three segments: Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies (APPT), Melt Delivery and Control Systems (MDCS), and Fluid Technologies.

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