Quaker Chemical Corp. (NYSE:KWR) saw an uptick in trading volume on Wednesday . 80,684 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 51% from the previous session’s volume of 53,348 shares.The stock last traded at $95.33 and had previously closed at $93.69.

Several brokerages recently commented on KWR. Seaport Global Securities cut shares of Quaker Chemical Corp. from an “accumulate” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $94.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Quaker Chemical Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 3rd. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $80.00 price objective on shares of Quaker Chemical Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $88.94 and a 200-day moving average price of $82.21. The company has a market capitalization of $1.26 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.60.

Quaker Chemical Corp. (NYSE:KWR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $178.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $181.63 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.94 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Quaker Chemical Corp. will post $4.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 29th. Investors of record on Friday, July 15th will be issued a $0.345 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 13th. This represents a $1.38 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.45%. This is a boost from Quaker Chemical Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.32.

In other Quaker Chemical Corp. news, VP L Wilbert Platzer sold 1,500 shares of Quaker Chemical Corp. stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.58, for a total value of $128,370.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 8,389 shares in the company, valued at $717,930.62. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Joseph F. Matrange sold 4,000 shares of Quaker Chemical Corp. stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.00, for a total value of $360,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 1,584 shares in the company, valued at approximately $142,560. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of KWR. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in Quaker Chemical Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 24,749 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,912,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC raised its position in Quaker Chemical Corp. by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 32,051 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,476,000 after buying an additional 580 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in Quaker Chemical Corp. by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 25,442 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,966,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in Quaker Chemical Corp. by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 90,769 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,013,000 after buying an additional 3,386 shares during the period. Finally, First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in Quaker Chemical Corp. by 72.9% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 13,002 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,005,000 after buying an additional 5,482 shares during the period.

Quaker Chemical Corporation is engaged in providing process fluids, chemical specialties and technical expertise to a range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans and others. The Company operates through four segments: North America, the Europe; Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia/Pacific, and South America.

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