Shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. (NYSE:SXT) saw unusually-high trading volume on Friday . Approximately 284,192 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 6% from the previous session’s volume of 268,257 shares.The stock last traded at $69.59 and had previously closed at $68.89.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $69.68 and a 200 day moving average of $63.63. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.12 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.60.

Sensient Technologies Corp. (NYSE:SXT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 19th. The company reported $0.75 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.75. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.76 EPS. The company had revenue of $342.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $345.20 million. On average, analysts forecast that Sensient Technologies Corp. will post $3.20 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CFO Stephen J. Rolfs sold 915 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.83, for a total transaction of $62,064.45. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 111,356 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,553,277.48. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in Sensient Technologies Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 86,654 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,444,000 after buying an additional 1,400 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. by 245.8% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 60,110 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,776,000 after buying an additional 42,725 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 97,226 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,108,000 after buying an additional 1,875 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its stake in shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 58,431 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,671,000 after buying an additional 2,637 shares in the last quarter. Finally, IronBridge Capital Management LP boosted its stake in shares of Sensient Technologies Corp. by 80.5% in the fourth quarter. IronBridge Capital Management LP now owns 235,283 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,780,000 after buying an additional 104,913 shares in the last quarter.

Sensient Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. The Company uses technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals.

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