Shares of Quaker Chemical Corp (NYSE:KWR) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $181.33.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on KWR shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Quaker Chemical from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 10th. Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Quaker Chemical in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $198.00 price target on shares of Quaker Chemical in a report on Tuesday, January 29th.

In other news, insider Shane Hostetter sold 1,892 shares of Quaker Chemical stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $207.51, for a total transaction of $392,608.92. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 1,303 shares in the company, valued at approximately $270,385.53. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 2.90% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in KWR. Norges Bank acquired a new stake in Quaker Chemical in the 4th quarter worth approximately $25,248,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its holdings in Quaker Chemical by 23.4% in the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 340,203 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $68,792,000 after purchasing an additional 64,472 shares during the last quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd lifted its holdings in Quaker Chemical by 1,252.2% in the 4th quarter. WINTON GROUP Ltd now owns 61,933 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $11,006,000 after purchasing an additional 57,353 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc lifted its holdings in Quaker Chemical by 1.7% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 1,428,100 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $288,776,000 after purchasing an additional 23,996 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Quaker Chemical by 1.7% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,428,100 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock worth $288,776,000 after purchasing an additional 23,996 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.91% of the company’s stock.

NYSE KWR traded up $2.96 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $217.74. 58,905 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 62,405. Quaker Chemical has a fifty-two week low of $137.95 and a fifty-two week high of $218.71. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.90 billion, a PE ratio of 36.05, a PEG ratio of 2.82 and a beta of 1.39. The company has a current ratio of 2.76, a quick ratio of 2.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08.

Quaker Chemical (NYSE:KWR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 28th. The specialty chemicals company reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.40 by $0.11. Quaker Chemical had a return on equity of 18.88% and a net margin of 6.86%. The firm had revenue of $211.48 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $215.90 million. Research analysts anticipate that Quaker Chemical will post 7.01 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, April 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.37 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, April 15th. This represents a $1.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.68%. Quaker Chemical’s dividend payout ratio is 24.50%.

About Quaker Chemical

Quaker Chemical Corporation develops, produces, and markets various formulated chemical specialty products for a range of heavy industrial and manufacturing applications in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia/Pacific, and South America. The company's products include rolling lubricants used by manufacturers of steel in the hot and cold rolling of steel, and aluminum in the hot rolling of aluminum; machining and grinding compounds for use in cutting, shaping, and grinding metal parts; hydraulic fluids for steel, metalworking, and other customers to operate hydraulic equipment; corrosion preventives to protect metals during manufacture, storage, and shipment; and specialty greases used in automotive and aerospace production processes, steel manufacturing, and various other applications.

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