News headlines about DowDuPont (NYSE:DWDP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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. DowDuPont earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.7261920263774 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of DowDuPont (DWDP) traded up $1.66 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $72.23. The stock had a trading volume of 5,270,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,220,000. DowDuPont has a one year low of $64.01 and a one year high of $77.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a current ratio of 1.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $168,230.00 and a PE ratio of 84.98.

DowDuPont (NYSE:DWDP) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.83 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.67 by $0.16. DowDuPont had a return on equity of 8.21% and a net margin of 2.34%. The company had revenue of $20.07 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $19.46 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 54.1% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that DowDuPont will post 4.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be given a $0.38 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.10%. DowDuPont’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 178.82%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on DWDP shares. Barclays upgraded DowDuPont from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded DowDuPont from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Stephens assumed coverage on DowDuPont in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $83.00 target price for the company. Nomura raised their price objective on DowDuPont from $83.00 to $84.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $86.00 price target on shares of DowDuPont in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty have assigned a buy rating to the company. DowDuPont currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $80.71.

In other DowDuPont news, General Counsel Charles J. Kalil sold 69,400 shares of DowDuPont stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.66, for a total transaction of $5,042,604.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Andrew N. Liveris sold 9,664 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.10, for a total transaction of $677,446.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 157,646 shares of company stock valued at $11,299,372. Insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

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DowDuPont Company Profile

DowDuPont Inc is a holding company formed through the merger of equals between The Dow Chemical Company and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont). The Company’s business divisions include Agriculture division, Material Science division, and a Specialty Products division. The Agriculture Division offers a complete portfolio of products and technologies, traits and crop protection.

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