News articles about Xylem (NYSE:XYL) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xylem earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 47.7400944739171 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of XYL stock opened at $75.43 on Friday. Xylem has a 12 month low of $58.62 and a 12 month high of $79.83. The stock has a market cap of $13.62 billion, a PE ratio of 31.43, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a current ratio of 1.43, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86.

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The industrial products company reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.02. Xylem had a return on equity of 19.04% and a net margin of 7.39%. The firm had revenue of $1.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.28 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.59 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Xylem will post 2.91 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 20th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.11%. Xylem’s payout ratio is 35.00%.

Several analysts recently weighed in on the company. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on Xylem from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Canaccord Genuity set a $78.00 price objective on Xylem and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 24th. BMO Capital Markets raised their price objective on Xylem from $83.00 to $84.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Xylem from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $80.00 price objective on shares of Xylem in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. Xylem currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $82.10.

In other news, Director Curtis J. Crawford sold 1,323 shares of Xylem stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.25, for a total transaction of $99,555.75. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 40,421 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,041,680.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Curtis J. Crawford sold 7,500 shares of Xylem stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.26, for a total value of $571,950.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 40,421 shares in the company, valued at $3,082,505.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 27,623 shares of company stock worth $2,084,702 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.81% of the company’s stock.

About Xylem

Xylem Inc engages in the design, manufacture, and service of engineered solutions for the water and wastewater applications. It operates through three segments: Water Infrastructure, Applied Water, and Measurement and Control Solutions. The Water Infrastructure segment offers various products, including water and wastewater pumps, and controls and systems, as well as filtration, disinfection, and biological treatment equipment under the Flygt, Godwin, Wedeco, Sanitaire, and Leopold names for the transportation, treatment, and testing of water and wastewater applications.

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