News stories about Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks 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 -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sensient Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 46.3676667929235 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) traded down $0.31 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $74.15. 218,531 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 162,066. The company has a market capitalization of $3,260.26, a PE ratio of 22.19, a PEG ratio of 2.56 and a beta of 1.08. Sensient Technologies has a 12-month low of $71.21 and a 12-month high of $84.98. The company has a current ratio of 3.59, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69.

Sensient Technologies (NYSE:SXT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.89 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.88 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $353.52 million for the quarter. Sensient Technologies had a net margin of 7.89% and a return on equity of 17.34%. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.83 EPS. analysts expect that Sensient Technologies will post 3.41 EPS for the current year.

Sensient Technologies announced that its board has authorized a share repurchase program on Thursday, October 19th that authorizes the company to buyback 3,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the specialty chemicals company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 6th were paid a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 3rd. This is a boost from Sensient Technologies’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. Sensient Technologies’s payout ratio is presently 54.55%.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Off Wall Street assumed coverage on shares of Sensient Technologies in a research note on Monday. They issued a “sell” rating on the stock. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective on shares of Sensient Technologies in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Sensient Technologies from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Sensient Technologies in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $88.30 price objective on the stock. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $89.15.

In related news, Director Essie Whitelaw sold 667 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.15, for a total value of $50,125.05. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Fergus M. Clydesdale sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.00, for a total transaction of $152,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 4,187 shares of company stock worth $316,125. Insiders own 0.95% of the company’s stock.

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About Sensient Technologies

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The Company uses technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals.

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