News stories about John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. John Bean Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.2996920545784 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of John Bean Technologies (JBT) traded up $2.45 on Friday, hitting $112.35. 408,950 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 151,372. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,472.45, a PE ratio of 38.73, a PEG ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 1.35. John Bean Technologies has a 1-year low of $80.70 and a 1-year high of $120.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 0.82.

John Bean Technologies (NYSE:JBT) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The industrial products company reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.78 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $420.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $414.17 million. John Bean Technologies had a net margin of 5.41% and a return on equity of 25.51%. The firm’s revenue was up 20.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.69 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that John Bean Technologies will post 3.07 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 18th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 15th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.36%. John Bean Technologies’s payout ratio is currently 14.81%.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of John Bean Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird set a $101.00 target price on shares of John Bean Technologies and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Bank of America cut shares of John Bean Technologies from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $104.86.

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John Bean Technologies Company Profile

John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT) is a technology solutions provider to the segments of the food and beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. It operates through two segments: JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech. The JBT FoodTech segment designs, manufactures and services technologically food processing systems used for fruit juice production, frozen food production, in-container food production, automated systems and convenience food preparation by the food industry.

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