Media headlines about Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stanley Black & Decker earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.5335331971643 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

A number of analysts recently commented on SWK shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Stanley Black & Decker from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 19th. BidaskClub lowered Stanley Black & Decker from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Imperial Capital reaffirmed an “in-line” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Stanley Black & Decker in a research note on Monday, April 24th. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised Stanley Black & Decker from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $140.00 to $152.00 in a research note on Monday, April 24th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities started coverage on Stanley Black & Decker in a research note on Friday, June 16th. They set a “buy” rating and a $160.00 price objective on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $154.00.

Shares of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) traded down 0.94% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $139.42. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 863,972 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $21.35 billion, a PE ratio of 17.85 and a beta of 1.10. Stanley Black & Decker has a 52-week low of $111.89 and a 52-week high of $148.32. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $142.66 and its 200-day moving average is $135.46.

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 24th. The industrial products company reported $2.01 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.96 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $3.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.18 billion. Stanley Black & Decker had a return on equity of 15.36% and a net margin of 9.92%. Stanley Black & Decker’s quarterly revenue was up 10.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.84 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Stanley Black & Decker will post $7.30 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 19th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a dividend of $0.63 per share. This represents a $2.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.81%. This is a positive change from Stanley Black & Decker’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.58. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. Stanley Black & Decker’s payout ratio is presently 29.74%.

In related news, SVP Jaime A. Ramirez sold 10,440 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.56, for a total transaction of $1,457,006.40. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 41,541 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,797,461.96. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 1.15% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc is a global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions, such as automatic doors and commercial locking systems, electronic security and monitoring systems, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and products and services for various industrial applications.

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