Press coverage about Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Israel Chemicals earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

A number of research analysts have commented on ICL shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Israel Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 8th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $4.50 price objective on shares of Israel Chemicals in a report on Wednesday, April 5th.

Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) traded down 2.64% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $4.05. The stock had a trading volume of 702,728 shares. The company’s market cap is $5.17 billion. Israel Chemicals has a 12 month low of $3.52 and a 12 month high of $5.02. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $4.29 and its 200 day moving average is $4.16.

Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 15th. The basic materials company reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. The company earned $1.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. Israel Chemicals had a positive return on equity of 16.76% and a negative net margin of 1.06%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.14 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Israel Chemicals will post $0.35 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 4th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 22nd were paid a dividend of $0.044 per share. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.35%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 22nd. Israel Chemicals’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -379.92%.

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