Media stories about MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MSA Safety Incorporporated earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.3137167214709 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research firms have issued reports on MSA. Zacks Investment Research lowered MSA Safety Incorporporated from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $91.00 price target on shares of MSA Safety Incorporporated in a research report on Friday, August 4th. BidaskClub lowered MSA Safety Incorporporated from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered MSA Safety Incorporporated from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $80.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. MSA Safety Incorporporated currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $86.33.

Shares of MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE MSA) opened at 76.09 on Thursday. MSA Safety Incorporporated has a 52-week low of $55.00 and a 52-week high of $84.86. The firm has a market cap of $2.91 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.33 and a beta of 1.64. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $73.38 and a 200-day moving average price of $75.71.

MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The industrial products company reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $288.78 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $302.94 million. MSA Safety Incorporporated had a return on equity of 19.64% and a net margin of 6.74%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.79 EPS. Analysts predict that MSA Safety Incorporporated will post $3.19 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, September 10th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 16th were paid a dividend of $0.35 per share. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 14th. MSA Safety Incorporporated’s dividend payout ratio is presently 71.07%.

In other MSA Safety Incorporporated news, VP Markus H. Weber sold 5,811 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.80, for a total transaction of $423,040.80. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 15,950 shares in the company, valued at $1,161,160. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director John T. Ryan III sold 32,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.43, for a total value of $2,292,903.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,025,013 shares in the company, valued at approximately $73,216,678.59. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 40,211 shares of company stock worth $2,879,428. 15.53% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About MSA Safety Incorporporated

Mine Safety Appliances Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and supply of products that protect people’s health and safety. The Company’s line of safety products is used by workers worldwide in the fire service, homeland security, oil and gas, construction and other industries, as well as the military.

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