Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Compass Minerals International (CMP) Stock Price

News stories about Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to AlphaOne. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Compass Minerals International earned a news impact score of 0.15 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 44 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Compass Minerals International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 16th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $75.00 price objective on shares of Compass Minerals International in a report on Monday, May 15th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of Compass Minerals International from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 29th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $83.80.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) traded down 0.46% during trading on Friday, reaching $64.95. 335,585 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $2.20 billion, a PE ratio of 16.40 and a beta of 0.51. Compass Minerals International has a 12-month low of $62.70 and a 12-month high of $84.40. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $67.26 and a 200-day moving average price of $74.36.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The basic materials company reported $0.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.20. The company had revenue of $387.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $386.97 million. Compass Minerals International had a net margin of 14.30% and a return on equity of 16.02%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.46 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Compass Minerals International will post $3.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.72 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 30th. This represents a $2.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.43%. Compass Minerals International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 58.16%.

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Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes.

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