News headlines about ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) have trended somewhat negative recently, according to AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ESCO Technologies earned a media sentiment score of -0.03 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news articles about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 49 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of ESCO Technologies (ESE) traded up 2.35% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $60.90. The company had a trading volume of 121,738 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.57 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.39 and a beta of 1.09. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $57.94 and its 200 day moving average is $56.89. ESCO Technologies has a 52 week low of $38.36 and a 52 week high of $61.25.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, July 19th. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 5th will be paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, June 30th. This represents a $0.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.53%. ESCO Technologies’s payout ratio is presently 17.49%.

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About ESCO Technologies

ESCO Technologies Inc (ESCO) is a producer of engineered products and systems sold to customers for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. The Company operates through four segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test), Utility Solutions Group (USG) and Technical Packaging.

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