News headlines about Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Church & Dwight earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.9072777416254 out of 100, meaning 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 headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

CHD has been the subject of several research reports. Morgan Stanley cut shares of Church & Dwight from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Church & Dwight from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 6th. BidaskClub raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective (up from $60.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation boosted their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $51.00 to $53.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $51.07.

Shares of Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) opened at 50.17 on Friday. Church & Dwight has a 12 month low of $42.56 and a 12 month high of $54.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.52 billion, a PE ratio of 29.67 and a beta of 0.57. The company’s 50-day moving average is $51.31 and its 200-day moving average is $50.89.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.02. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 12.39% and a return on equity of 24.21%. The company had revenue of $898 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $903.87 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.85 EPS. Church & Dwight’s quarterly revenue was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Church & Dwight will post $1.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.51%. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 44.97%.

In other news, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 9,718 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.84, for a total transaction of $484,345.12. Following the transaction, the director now owns 56,497 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,815,810.48. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 177,940 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $8,950,382.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 46,348 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,331,304.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

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Church & Dwight Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.

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