News stories about ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ESCO Technologies earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 46.1138113237792 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on ESE shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ESCO Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of ESCO Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Needham & Company LLC raised shares of ESCO Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 21st. Finally, Stephens set a $65.00 price objective on shares of ESCO Technologies and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $68.75.

Shares of ESCO Technologies (ESE) opened at $60.75 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $1,564.36, a PE ratio of 28.29 and a beta of 1.05. ESCO Technologies has a 12 month low of $50.30 and a 12 month high of $65.95. The company has a quick ratio of 1.38, a current ratio of 2.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38.

ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 14th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $207.01 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $211.02 million. ESCO Technologies had a net margin of 7.83% and a return on equity of 8.64%. The firm’s revenue was up 29.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.67 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that ESCO Technologies will post 2.34 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 19th. Investors of record on Thursday, January 4th will be paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 3rd. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.53%. ESCO Technologies’s payout ratio is 15.46%.

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ESCO Technologies Company Profile

ESCO Technologies Inc (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging.

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