Media headlines about Harsco (NYSE:HSC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Harsco earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.2822225210741 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Harsco (HSC) opened at $19.45 on Monday. Harsco has a 52-week low of $11.40 and a 52-week high of $22.00. The firm has a market cap of $1,560.00, a P/E ratio of 62.74 and a beta of 3.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87, a quick ratio of 0.83 and a current ratio of 1.30.

Harsco (NYSE:HSC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The industrial products company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $384.65 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $398.85 million. Harsco had a net margin of 3.68% and a return on equity of 35.26%. Harsco’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.14 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Harsco will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Harsco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Harsco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Argus increased their target price on shares of Harsco to $24.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.75.

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Harsco Company Profile

Harsco Corporation is a provider of industrial services and engineered products. The Company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals & Minerals, Harsco Industrial and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Metals & Minerals segment provides outsourced on-site services to the global metals industry, with the operations focused in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Brazil.

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