Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K. It operates in three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. “

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. TheStreet upgraded Compass Minerals International from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price target on shares of Compass Minerals International in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Compass Minerals International has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $73.60.

Compass Minerals International (CMP) opened at $67.75 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,290.00, a P/E ratio of 15.94 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.70, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 2.52. Compass Minerals International has a 1-year low of $59.72 and a 1-year high of $80.40.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The basic materials company reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.37 by $0.29. The business had revenue of $457.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $468.52 million. Compass Minerals International had a return on equity of 11.52% and a net margin of 10.72%. equities research analysts expect that Compass Minerals International will post 2.56 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Compass Minerals International by 6.7% in the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 6,007 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $391,000 after purchasing an additional 379 shares during the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans lifted its stake in shares of Compass Minerals International by 7.9% in the 2nd quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 6,820 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $445,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Compass Minerals International by 3.3% in the 3rd quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 25,255 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $1,639,000 after purchasing an additional 807 shares during the last quarter. Bogart Wealth LLC lifted its stake in shares of Compass Minerals International by 13.5% in the 2nd quarter. Bogart Wealth LLC now owns 6,943 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $453,000 after purchasing an additional 825 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Community Bank & Trust Waco Texas lifted its stake in shares of Compass Minerals International by 21.6% in the 4th quarter. Community Bank & Trust Waco Texas now owns 4,987 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $360,000 after purchasing an additional 885 shares during the last quarter.

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Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc (CMI) is a provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses; specialty plant nutrition minerals for the quality and yield of crops, and specialty chemicals for water treatment and other industrial processes.

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