Media headlines about AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. AptarGroup earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.6220253635798 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

AptarGroup (ATR) opened at 82.14 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $5.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.16 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $86.32 and a 200-day moving average price of $80.67. AptarGroup has a 12-month low of $70.32 and a 12-month high of $90.79.

AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The industrial products company reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.05. AptarGroup had a return on equity of 16.91% and a net margin of 9.36%. The business had revenue of $617.75 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $624.74 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.91 EPS. AptarGroup’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts predict that AptarGroup will post $3.34 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 16th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, July 26th will be given a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.56%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, July 24th. AptarGroup’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 37.54%.

ATR has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $90.00 price objective (up from $87.00) on shares of AptarGroup in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. BidaskClub downgraded AptarGroup from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $78.00 target price (down previously from $81.00) on shares of AptarGroup in a report on Monday, July 31st. Vertical Research upgraded AptarGroup from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and upped their target price for the company from $70.00 to $77.00 in a report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $92.00 target price on shares of AptarGroup in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. AptarGroup currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $81.83.

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In related news, Director Ralf K. Wunderlich sold 2,559 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.81, for a total transaction of $211,910.79. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 36,024 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,983,147.44. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Gael Touya sold 35,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.25, for a total value of $2,843,750.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 33,092 shares in the company, valued at $2,688,725. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 143,226 shares of company stock worth $11,874,458 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 5.30% of the company’s stock.

AptarGroup Company Profile

AptarGroup, Inc is a provider of a range of packaging, dispensing and sealing solutions, primarily for the beauty, personal care, homecare, prescription drug, consumer healthcare, injectables, food and beverage markets. The Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the world, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America.

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