Press coverage about Kraton (NYSE:KRA) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kraton earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 47.033172950746 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on KRA. ValuEngine cut Kraton from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. UBS Group increased their price target on Kraton from $38.00 to $39.00 and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kraton from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $56.50.

KRA traded down $0.19 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $48.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 301 shares, compared to its average volume of 177,539. Kraton has a 52 week low of $31.48 and a 52 week high of $53.99. The company has a current ratio of 2.40, a quick ratio of 1.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.41. The stock has a market cap of $1.52 billion, a PE ratio of 17.11 and a beta of 1.35.

Kraton (NYSE:KRA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.00 by ($0.12). Kraton had a net margin of 3.60% and a return on equity of 17.62%. The business had revenue of $538.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $544.78 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.82 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Kraton will post 3.67 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Kraton news, SVP Holger R. Jung sold 10,369 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.32, for a total value of $511,399.08. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 14,590 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $719,578.80. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Vijay Mhetar sold 4,101 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.73, for a total value of $203,942.73. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,489 shares in the company, valued at $521,617.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 22,353 shares of company stock worth $1,105,629. 3.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Kraton Company Profile

Kraton Corporation manufactures and sells styrenic block copolymers and other engineered polymers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. It operates in two segments, Polymer and Chemical. The Polymer segment offers performance products, including styrene-butadiene-styrene and styrene-isoprene-styrene; and specialty polymers, such as hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers, as well as isoprene rubber and isoprene rubber latex for use in medical and personal care products, adhesives, tackifiers, paints, and coatings.

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