News coverage about Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Church & Dwight earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.160183073455 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Church & Dwight (CHD) traded down 0.68% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $49.58. 1,828,912 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $52.30 and a 200-day moving average price of $50.49. The stock has a market cap of $12.37 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.32 and a beta of 0.57. Church & Dwight has a 1-year low of $42.56 and a 1-year high of $54.18.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $898 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $903.87 million. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 12.39% and a return on equity of 24.21%. Church & Dwight’s quarterly revenue was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.85 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight will post $1.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, August 11th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.53%. Church & Dwight’s payout ratio is 44.97%.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on CHD. BidaskClub lowered shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Barclays PLC set a $49.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Sunday. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Church & Dwight from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, UBS AG restated a “sell” rating and set a $48.00 target price (up from $46.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Church & Dwight presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.07.

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In other Church & Dwight news, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 9,718 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.84, for a total transaction of $484,345.12. Following the transaction, the director now owns 56,497 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,815,810.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 177,940 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $8,950,382.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 46,348 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,331,304.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.

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