Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. (NYSE:KRA) saw an uptick in trading volume on Thursday . 657,745 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 41% from the previous session’s volume of 466,916 shares.The stock last traded at $33.08 and had previously closed at $32.22.

Several research firms recently weighed in on KRA. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Kraton Performance Polymers from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 13th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Kraton Performance Polymers from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 27th.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $29.07 and its 200-day moving average price is $22.56. The company has a market cap of $1.01 billion and a PE ratio of 10.15.

Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE:KRA) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.63 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.70 by $0.07. The firm had revenue of $454.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $445.07 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 77.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.02 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. will post $2.75 EPS for the current year.

Several large investors recently bought and sold shares of the company. Weber Alan W boosted its stake in Kraton Performance Polymers by 163.7% in the fourth quarter. Weber Alan W now owns 477,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,930,000 after buying an additional 296,370 shares in the last quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Kraton Performance Polymers by 16.5% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 169,962 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,823,000 after buying an additional 24,086 shares during the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. raised its position in shares of Kraton Performance Polymers by 76.1% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 130,822 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,173,000 after buying an additional 56,522 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Russell Frank Co raised its position in shares of Kraton Performance Polymers by 41.0% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 63,215 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,070,000 after buying an additional 18,366 shares during the last quarter.

Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc is a specialty chemicals company. The Company manufactures styrenic block copolymers (SBCs) and other engineered polymers. The Company also produces specialty products primarily derived from pine wood pulping co-products. It operates through the manufacturing and marketing of engineered polymers segment.

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