Press coverage about Newpark Resources (NYSE:NR) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. 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 publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Newpark Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.1554774704997 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Newpark Resources from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks upgraded shares of Newpark Resources from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Cowen set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Newpark Resources and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $10.50.

Newpark Resources (NYSE:NR) opened at $9.65 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a current ratio of 2.71 and a quick ratio of 1.96. Newpark Resources has a 52-week low of $6.40 and a 52-week high of $10.20. The stock has a market cap of $845.49, a PE ratio of 241.31 and a beta of 1.58.

Newpark Resources (NYSE:NR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The oil and gas company reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.04 by ($0.01). Newpark Resources had a negative return on equity of 0.29% and a net margin of 0.48%. The business had revenue of $201.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $192.57 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted ($0.16) earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 92.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Newpark Resources will post 0.06 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director David C. Anderson sold 17,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.91, for a total value of $151,470.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 170,841 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,522,193.31. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director G Stephen Finley sold 2,823 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.07, for a total transaction of $25,604.61. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 176,235 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,598,451.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 40,423 shares of company stock worth $360,346. Insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

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Newpark Resources Company Profile

Newpark Resources, Inc is a supplier providing products and services primarily to the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry. The Company’s segments include Fluids Systems, and Mats and Integrated Services. The Fluids Systems segment provides drilling fluids products and technical services to customers in the North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions.

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