News stories about Photronics (NASDAQ:PLAB) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Photronics earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 45.6421957614976 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Photronics (NASDAQ:PLAB) remained flat at $$9.10 during trading on Friday. The company had a trading volume of 307,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 565,268. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 5.59 and a current ratio of 5.91. Photronics has a 1 year low of $7.55 and a 1 year high of $12.10. The stock has a market cap of $627.34, a P/E ratio of 53.53, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.54.

Photronics (NASDAQ:PLAB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 14th. The semiconductor company reported $0.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.09 by ($0.03). Photronics had a return on equity of 1.33% and a net margin of 2.97%. The firm had revenue of $111.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $115.14 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.12 EPS. analysts predict that Photronics will post 0.19 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Photronics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Photronics from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold”.

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In other Photronics news, CFO Sean T. Smith sold 18,750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $9.48, for a total transaction of $177,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 159,108 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,508,343.84. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Christopher J. Progler sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.85, for a total transaction of $35,400.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 41,500 shares of company stock valued at $385,463. Company insiders own 3.71% of the company’s stock.

About Photronics

Photronics, Inc is a manufacturer of photomasks, which are photographic quartz plates containing microscopic images of electronic circuits. As of October 30, 2016, the Company operated principally from nine manufacturing facilities: two located in Europe, three in Taiwan, one in Korea and three in the United States.

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