American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) shares traded down 4.3% during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $15.30 and last traded at $15.63, with a volume of 110,836 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $16.33.

Several research analysts have commented on the stock. BB&T Corp. downgraded shares of American Vanguard Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Roth Capital downgraded shares of American Vanguard Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price target for the stock from $19.00 to $14.50 in a report on Wednesday, May 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Vanguard Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $13.17.

The firm has a market cap of $458.81 million and a P/E ratio of 48.43. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $14.71 and a 200 day moving average of $14.01.

American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.10 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.04. The business earned $69.47 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $71.71 million. The firm’s revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts forecast that American Vanguard Corp. will post $0.49 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 12th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 30th were issued a $0.01 dividend. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.26%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 28th.

In other American Vanguard Corp. news, insider Ulrich Trogele acquired 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 9th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $13.25 per share, with a total value of $198,750.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now owns 67,604 shares in the company, valued at $895,753. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in AVD. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. increased its position in American Vanguard Corp. by 3.0% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 123,634 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,732,000 after buying an additional 3,634 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of American Vanguard Corp. by 3.4% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 564,928 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,915,000 after buying an additional 18,471 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of American Vanguard Corp. by 10.8% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,642,801 shares of the company’s stock valued at $23,016,000 after buying an additional 160,412 shares during the last quarter.

American Vanguard Corporation (AVD) operates as a holding company. The Company is primarily a specialty chemical manufacturer that develops and markets products for agricultural, commercial and consumer uses. It manufactures and formulates chemicals for crops, human and animal protection. It conducts its business through its subsidiaries, which include AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc, 2110 Davie Corporation, Quimica Amvac de Mexico SA de C.V., AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, AMVAC Switzerland GmbH, AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda, AMVAC CV, AMVAC Netherlands BV and Envance Technologies, LLC.

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