Media headlines about Kraton (NYSE:KRA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kraton earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.5121427772831 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Kraton (NYSE:KRA) opened at $47.19 on Tuesday. Kraton has a 1 year low of $25.09 and a 1 year high of $51.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.19, a current ratio of 2.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.85. The company has a market capitalization of $1,470.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.77 and a beta of 1.18.

Kraton (NYSE:KRA) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The specialty chemicals company reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.57. Kraton had a return on equity of 14.19% and a net margin of 1.27%. The company had revenue of $510.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $481.77 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.63 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Kraton will post 2.96 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on KRA shares. BidaskClub upgraded Kraton from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. ValuEngine downgraded Kraton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 target price (up previously from $45.00) on shares of Kraton in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. UBS assumed coverage on Kraton in a research report on Friday, September 29th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Loop Capital assumed coverage on Kraton in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $65.00 target price on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.50.

In related news, CEO Kevin Michael Fogarty sold 81,430 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.09, for a total value of $3,997,398.70. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 278,119 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,652,861.71. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Barry J. Goldstein sold 16,651 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.15, for a total value of $818,396.65. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 42,323 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,080,175.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 218,614 shares of company stock worth $10,434,139 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 4.71% of the company’s stock.

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Kraton Company Profile

Kraton Corporation, formerly Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc, is a specialty chemicals company. The Company manufactures styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers. The Company also produces specialty products primarily derived from pine wood pulping co-products. The Company operates through two segments: Polymer Segment, which comprises SBCs and other engineered polymers business, and Chemical Segment, which comprises pine-based specialty products business.

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