Selz Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Venator Materials PLC (NYSE:VNTR) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm bought 122,584 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $469,000.

Other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. FNY Investment Advisers LLC purchased a new stake in Venator Materials in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $67,000. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Venator Materials by 3.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,027,404 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,434,000 after purchasing an additional 38,890 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley grew its position in shares of Venator Materials by 3.9% in the second quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 4,827,049 shares of the company’s stock valued at $25,534,000 after purchasing an additional 182,228 shares during the period. Luminus Management LLC increased its stake in Venator Materials by 290.8% in the second quarter. Luminus Management LLC now owns 973,005 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,147,000 after purchasing an additional 724,054 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Squarepoint Ops LLC increased its stake in Venator Materials by 178.4% in the third quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 41,288 shares of the company’s stock valued at $101,000 after purchasing an additional 26,456 shares during the last quarter. 40.17% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE VNTR traded up $0.01 on Thursday, reaching $3.58. 10,891 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 289,720. Venator Materials PLC has a fifty-two week low of $1.85 and a fifty-two week high of $7.24. The company has a 50 day moving average of $3.68 and a 200 day moving average of $3.28. The company has a current ratio of 2.36, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91. The stock has a market capitalization of $384.10 million, a PE ratio of 1.64, a P/E/G ratio of 0.72 and a beta of 2.87.

Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 6th. The company reported $0.08 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.03 by $0.05. Venator Materials had a negative net margin of 3.26% and a positive return on equity of 6.36%. The company had revenue of $526.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $511.49 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.32 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, research analysts expect that Venator Materials PLC will post 0.19 earnings per share for the current year.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the company. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Venator Materials from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $4.00 to $6.00 in a research report on Monday, November 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Venator Materials from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday. BMO Capital Markets set a $6.00 price objective on shares of Venator Materials in a research note on Thursday, December 12th. UBS Group downgraded shares of Venator Materials from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $3.75 price objective for the company. in a research note on Friday, November 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Venator Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Venator Materials presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $4.68.

About Venator Materials

Venator Materials PLC manufactures and markets chemical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives. The Titanium Dioxide segment offers titanium dioxide (TiO2), such as rutile, anatase, and nano TiO2 products for use in coatings, plastics, paper, printing inks, fibers, and food and personal care products.

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