News articles about Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sociedad Quimica y Minera earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.7816198263796 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM) traded up 1.46% on Wednesday, hitting $48.70. 775,604 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $42.91 and its 200 day moving average is $36.70. Sociedad Quimica y Minera has a 12-month low of $24.75 and a 12-month high of $49.04. The firm has a market cap of $12.97 billion, a P/E ratio of 37.58 and a beta of 1.03.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera (NYSE:SQM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 23rd. The basic materials company reported $0.38 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $505.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $500.49 million. Sociedad Quimica y Minera had a return on equity of 14.81% and a net margin of 16.28%. Equities research analysts forecast that Sociedad Quimica y Minera will post $1.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 14th. Investors of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.384 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 7th. Sociedad Quimica y Minera’s payout ratio is currently 89.92%.

SQM has been the subject of several analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, June 29th. Deutsche Bank AG upped their target price on shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and issued a $30.00 target price on shares of Sociedad Quimica y Minera in a report on Thursday, May 18th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $41.18.

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About Sociedad Quimica y Minera

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA (SQM), is a producer of potassium nitrate and iodine. The Company produces specialty plant nutrients, iodine derivatives, lithium and its derivatives, potassium chloride, potassium sulfate and certain industrial chemicals. Its segments include specialty plant nutrients, industrial chemicals, iodine and derivatives, lithium and derivatives, potassium, and other products and services.

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