Press coverage about Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) (TSE:MRI.U) has trended positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mercer International earned a news sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.105156439297 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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Shares of MERC traded up $0.16 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $13.46. The company had a trading volume of 24,045 shares, compared to its average volume of 166,389. Mercer International has a 52-week low of $10.45 and a 52-week high of $15.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.57, a current ratio of 1.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. The company has a market capitalization of $864.73, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.73 and a beta of 1.63.

Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) (TSE:MRI.U) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The basic materials company reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.40 by $0.24. Mercer International had a return on equity of 17.19% and a net margin of 6.03%. The firm had revenue of $337.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $318.15 million. The company’s revenue was up 52.3% compared to the same quarter last year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 28th were paid a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 27th. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.71%.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on MERC. BidaskClub lowered Mercer International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine upgraded Mercer International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $16.19.

In other news, CEO David M. Gandossi sold 12,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.36, for a total value of $172,320.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Eric Lauritzen sold 2,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.68, for a total value of $30,828.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 91,300 shares of company stock worth $1,277,016 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

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About Mercer International

Mercer International Inc is a producer of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp, which is pulp that is sold on the open market. The Company also produces and sells tall oil, a by-product of its production process, which is used as both a chemical additive and as a green energy source. It produces and sells NBSK pulp, which is a bleached kraft pulp manufactured using northern softwood.

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