News coverage about Knowles (NYSE:KN) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Knowles earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the communications equipment provider an impact score of 44.1804884370311 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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Shares of Knowles (NYSE:KN) opened at $14.11 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a current ratio of 2.60. The company has a market capitalization of $1,260.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 235.17, a PEG ratio of 1.82 and a beta of 0.78. Knowles has a 1-year low of $13.10 and a 1-year high of $19.90.

Knowles (NYSE:KN) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The communications equipment provider reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $215.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $221.96 million. Knowles had a return on equity of 6.28% and a net margin of 8.32%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.32 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Knowles will post 0.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have recently commented on KN. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Knowles from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Knowles in a report on Friday, October 27th. Lake Street Capital restated a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Knowles in a report on Monday, November 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies began coverage on Knowles in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $15.50 target price on the stock. Finally, Craig Hallum restated a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 target price (down previously from $20.00) on shares of Knowles in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Knowles presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $18.08.

In other news, Director Didier Hirsch purchased 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $13.40 per share, for a total transaction of $26,800.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 40,821 shares in the company, valued at $547,001.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Insiders have bought 4,947 shares of company stock worth $71,374 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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Knowles Company Profile

Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of micro-acoustic, audio processing and specialty component solutions, serving the mobile consumer electronics, communications, medical, military, aerospace and industrial markets. The Company operates through two segments: Mobile Consumer Electronics (MCE) and Specialty Components (SC).

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