Press coverage about Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM) has trended positive this week, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research firm, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sociedad Quimica y Minera earned a media sentiment score of 0.31 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM)

A number of research analysts have commented on SQM shares. Deutsche Bank AG upped their price objective on Sociedad Quimica y Minera from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 22nd. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $30.00 price objective on shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera in a report on Thursday, May 18th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Sociedad Quimica y Minera from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 28th. Finally, Vetr raised Sociedad Quimica y Minera from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $38.88 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Sociedad Quimica y Minera has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.65.

Shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE SQM) traded down 0.06% on Friday, reaching $34.44. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 780,916 shares. The stock has a market cap of $9.06 billion, a P/E ratio of 28.07 and a beta of 1.04. Sociedad Quimica y Minera has a 52-week low of $23.14 and a 52-week high of $37.47. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $35.26 and its 200-day moving average is $33.08.

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 8th were given a dividend of $0.3922 per share. This is a boost from Sociedad Quimica y Minera’s previous dividend of $0.26. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 6th. Sociedad Quimica y Minera’s payout ratio is presently 88.62%.

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About Sociedad Quimica y Minera

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA (SQM), is a producer of potassium nitrate and iodine. The Company produces specialty plant nutrients, iodine derivatives, lithium and its derivatives, potassium chloride, potassium sulfate and certain industrial chemicals. Its segments include specialty plant nutrients, industrial chemicals, iodine and derivatives, lithium and derivatives, potassium, and other products and services.

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