Shares of Croda International Plc (LON:CRDA) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 4,740 ($62.35).

A number of research firms have commented on CRDA. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Croda International from GBX 5,275 ($69.39) to GBX 5,550 ($73.01) and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, January 24th. Berenberg Bank cut shares of Croda International to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a GBX 4,025 ($52.95) price target on shares of Croda International in a research note on Friday, April 24th. Peel Hunt lowered shares of Croda International to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 23rd. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein lowered their price objective on Croda International from GBX 4,100 ($53.93) to GBX 3,900 ($51.30) and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, March 30th.

Shares of LON CRDA traded up GBX 62 ($0.82) during midday trading on Thursday, hitting GBX 4,933 ($64.89). The stock had a trading volume of 400,530 shares, compared to its average volume of 455,652. The company has a quick ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 1.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 72.48. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of GBX 4,585.08 and a 200-day simple moving average of GBX 4,805.81. The company has a market capitalization of $6.38 billion and a PE ratio of 28.61. Croda International has a 1 year low of GBX 48.62 ($0.64) and a 1 year high of GBX 5,415 ($71.23).

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 16th will be paid a GBX 50.50 ($0.66) dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 16th. This represents a yield of 1.06%. This is an increase from Croda International’s previous dividend of $39.50. Croda International’s payout ratio is currently 58.58%.

In other Croda International news, insider Steve Foots bought 22 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, April 9th. The shares were acquired at an average price of GBX 4,306 ($56.64) per share, with a total value of £947.32 ($1,246.15). Also, insider Keith Layden sold 1,527 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 4,484 ($58.98), for a total value of £68,470.68 ($90,069.30). Insiders bought a total of 103 shares of company stock worth $427,819 over the last 90 days.

Croda International Company Profile

Croda International Plc creates, makes, and sells specialty chemicals in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America, Asia, and Latin America. The company operates in four segments: Personal Care, Life Sciences, Performance Technologies, and Industrial Chemicals. It offers adhesives; crop protection additives and adjuvants, seed enhancement and animal health chemicals, chemical bio-stimulants, and specialty additives for agricultural films; and lubricant additives, coatings and polymers, vehicle cleaning chemicals, and products for automotive textiles and fibers, as well as specialty additives for plastics, and battery and catalyst industries.

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