Shares of Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating.

Brokerages have set a one year consensus target price of $4.38 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.08 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Israel Chemicals Shs an industry rank of 115 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

ICL has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine cut Israel Chemicals Shs from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Israel Chemicals Shs in a research note on Friday, October 6th. BidaskClub lowered Israel Chemicals Shs from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Israel Chemicals Shs from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec lifted its stake in Israel Chemicals Shs by 2.0% in the 3rd quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 1,103,417 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,918,000 after buying an additional 21,486 shares in the last quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia lifted its stake in Israel Chemicals Shs by 18.6% in the 3rd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 411,945 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,826,000 after buying an additional 64,613 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Israel Chemicals Shs in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $214,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its stake in Israel Chemicals Shs by 516.9% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 168,346 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $748,000 after buying an additional 141,059 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. lifted its stake in Israel Chemicals Shs by 117.2% in the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 88,128 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $390,000 after buying an additional 47,562 shares in the last quarter. 6.37% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE ICL) traded down $0.02 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $4.11. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 486,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 219,233. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 1.24 and a quick ratio of 0.70. Israel Chemicals Shs has a 52 week low of $3.85 and a 52 week high of $4.95. The firm has a market cap of $5,317.66, a PE ratio of 14.89 and a beta of 1.16.

Israel Chemicals Shs (NYSE:ICL) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. Israel Chemicals Shs had a return on equity of 13.20% and a net margin of 4.47%. The company had revenue of $1.44 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.41 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.09 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts predict that Israel Chemicals Shs will post 0.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 20th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.044 per share. This is a positive change from Israel Chemicals Shs’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.02. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 5th. This represents a $0.18 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.28%. Israel Chemicals Shs’s payout ratio is 52.63%.

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About Israel Chemicals Shs

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash and salt from subterranean mines in Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as uses part of the potash to produce compound fertilizers; mines and processes phosphate rock in open mines; and produces sulfuric acid, agricultural phosphoric acid, phosphate fertilizers, compound fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, and soluble fertilizers.

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