Press coverage about Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sensient Technologies earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.6041503009239 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

SXT has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price objective on shares of Sensient Technologies in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Off Wall Street initiated coverage on Sensient Technologies in a research note on Monday, December 18th. They set a “sell” rating for the company. TheStreet lowered Sensient Technologies from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, Gabelli upgraded Sensient Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $90.77.

Sensient Technologies (SXT) opened at $72.49 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,151.58, a PE ratio of 35.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 0.98. Sensient Technologies has a 52 week low of $65.60 and a 52 week high of $84.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71, a quick ratio of 1.25 and a current ratio of 3.39.

Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.84. The business had revenue of $328.87 million during the quarter. Sensient Technologies had a return on equity of 17.37% and a net margin of 6.58%. equities research analysts expect that Sensient Technologies will post 3.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, February 5th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.82%. Sensient Technologies’s payout ratio is currently 65.02%.

In related news, Director Hank Brown sold 2,000 shares of Sensient Technologies stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.78, for a total value of $143,560.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. 0.95% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Sensient Technologies

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The Company uses technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals.

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