Media stories about Greif, Inc. Class A (NYSE:GEF) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Greif, Inc. Class A earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.3756377029779 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Greif, Inc. Class A stock opened at $53.23 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $2.55 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.04, a P/E/G ratio of 1.73 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a current ratio of 1.63. Greif, Inc. Class A has a 12-month low of $47.97 and a 12-month high of $65.60.

Greif, Inc. Class A (NYSE:GEF) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, June 6th. The industrial products company reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.85 by ($0.09). The firm had revenue of $968.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $970.72 million. Greif, Inc. Class A had a net margin of 4.70% and a return on equity of 16.58%. The business’s revenue was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.67 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Greif, Inc. Class A will post 3.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, July 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, June 18th were paid a $0.42 dividend. This represents a $1.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 15th. Greif, Inc. Class A’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.95%.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on GEF shares. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Greif, Inc. Class A from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $57.00 to $60.00 in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Bank of America downgraded shares of Greif, Inc. Class A from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $63.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Greif, Inc. Class A from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Greif, Inc. Class A from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $66.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 15th. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “sell” rating on shares of Greif, Inc. Class A in a research report on Tuesday, May 22nd. Two investment 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’s stock. Greif, Inc. Class A presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $61.50.

Greif, Inc. Class A Company Profile

Greif, Inc produces and sells industrial packaging products and services worldwide. It operates in four segments: Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services; and Land Management. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment offers rigid industrial packaging products, including steel, fiber, and plastic drums; rigid intermediate bulk containers; closure systems for industrial packaging products; transit protection products; water bottles, and remanufactured and reconditioned industrial containers; and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing, and other packaging services.

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