CSS Industries Inc. (NYSE:CSS) was upgraded by TheStreet from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

Shares of CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) opened at 27.16 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $246.53 million, a PE ratio of 19.25 and a beta of 0.94. CSS Industries has a 52 week low of $23.84 and a 52 week high of $29.90. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $25.45 and its 200 day moving average price is $26.22.

CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.27 by $0.50. CSS Industries had a return on equity of 4.98% and a net margin of 4.15%. Equities analysts anticipate that CSS Industries will post $1.97 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 29th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. CSS Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 56.74%.

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In other CSS Industries news, EVP Vincent A. Paccapaniccia sold 2,427 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.05, for a total transaction of $60,796.35. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 22,334 shares in the company, valued at $559,466.70. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Vincent A. Paccapaniccia sold 16,088 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.79, for a total value of $414,909.52. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 42,215 shares in the company, valued at $1,088,724.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 7.80% of the company’s stock.

CSS Industries Company Profile

CSS Industries, Inc is a consumer products company, which is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of non-durable all occasion and seasonal social expression products, principally to mass market retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company’s occasion and seasonal products include classroom exchange Valentines, infant products, journals, buttons, gift wrap, floral accessories, craft and educational products, Easter egg dyes and novelties, memory books, scrapbooks, stickers, stationery and other items.

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