Media stories about Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hawkins earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 43.9242791527822 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Hawkins (HWKN) traded down 1.59% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $40.15. The stock had a trading volume of 41,004 shares. Hawkins has a 1-year low of $38.60 and a 1-year high of $54.80. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $45.52 and its 200-day moving average is $48.33. The firm has a market capitalization of $428.12 million, a PE ratio of 20.47 and a beta of 0.73.

Hawkins (NASDAQ:HWKN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter. The company had revenue of $133.73 million for the quarter. Hawkins had a return on equity of 9.53% and a net margin of 4.28%. Equities analysts expect that Hawkins will post $2.52 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 6th. Investors of record on Friday, September 22nd will be paid a $0.44 dividend. This is a positive change from Hawkins’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.42. This represents a dividend yield of 2.16%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 21st. Hawkins’s payout ratio is currently 42.64%.

Separately, BidaskClub cut Hawkins from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 27th.

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In related news, VP Richard G. Erstad sold 2,000 shares of Hawkins stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.00, for a total value of $96,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 3.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Hawkins

Hawkins, Inc distributes, blends and manufactures chemicals and specialty ingredients for its customers in a range of industries. The Company conducts its business in three segments: Industrial, Water Treatment, and Health and Nutrition. Its Industrial segment is engaged in providing industrial chemicals, products and services to various industries, such as agriculture, chemical processing, electronics and energy.

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