News stories about Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mettler-Toledo International earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the medical instruments supplier an impact score of 46.1423806297968 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

NYSE:MTD opened at $575.61 on Wednesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.32 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.76, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.92, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a current ratio of 1.46. Mettler-Toledo International has a 12-month low of $540.24 and a 12-month high of $697.26.

Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The medical instruments supplier reported $4.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.58 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $722.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $715.69 million. Mettler-Toledo International had a net margin of 13.52% and a return on equity of 90.80%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 10.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $3.92 EPS. analysts forecast that Mettler-Toledo International will post 20.18 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages recently commented on MTD. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Mettler-Toledo International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price objective on shares of Mettler-Toledo International from $540.00 to $529.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on shares of Mettler-Toledo International from $550.00 to $600.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Bank of America lowered their price objective on shares of Mettler-Toledo International from $710.00 to $640.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, May 4th. Finally, Deutsche Bank lowered their price objective on shares of Mettler-Toledo International from $630.00 to $610.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, May 4th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $625.55.

In other news, insider William P. Donnelly sold 500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $570.00, for a total transaction of $285,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $855,000. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP William P. Donnelly sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $593.00, for a total transaction of $593,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 2,000 shares in the company, valued at $1,186,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 7,712 shares of company stock worth $4,535,285. 4.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Mettler-Toledo International Company Profile

Mettler-Toledo International Inc manufactures and supplies precision instruments and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other. It offers weighing instruments for laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics, and food retailing applications; analytical instruments for use in life science; various related analytical instruments and provides automated chemistry solutions used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development; and end-of-line product inspection systems used in production and packaging for food processing and packaging, pharmaceutical, packaged consumer goods, and other industries.

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