News headlines about Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kronos Worldwide earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 47.0001718131946 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.

Shares of Kronos Worldwide (NYSE KRO) traded up $0.31 on Thursday, hitting $26.40. 185,156 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 494,647. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,060.00, a PE ratio of 9.26, a PEG ratio of 3.19 and a beta of 2.18. Kronos Worldwide has a 1-year low of $11.88 and a 1-year high of $29.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 4.26 and a quick ratio of 2.86.

Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.21. The business had revenue of $464.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $448.00 million. Kronos Worldwide had a net margin of 20.52% and a return on equity of 31.38%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 30.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.19 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Kronos Worldwide will post 1.63 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 6th were given a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, December 5th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.27%. Kronos Worldwide’s dividend payout ratio is presently 21.05%.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine cut shares of Kronos Worldwide from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Barclays increased their price target on shares of Kronos Worldwide from $17.00 to $24.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on shares of Kronos Worldwide from $21.00 to $24.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kronos Worldwide from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Kronos Worldwide currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $24.00.

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About Kronos Worldwide

Kronos Worldwide, Inc (Kronos) is a producer and marketer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments, a base industrial product that is used in a range of applications. The Company, along with its distributors and agents, sells and provides technical services for its products with sales in Europe and North America.

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