Press coverage about ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ESCO Technologies earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the scientific and technical instruments company an impact score of 47.2139874198502 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of ESCO Technologies (NYSE ESE) traded up 0.47% during trading on Friday, hitting $53.95. 173,232 shares of the stock traded hands. ESCO Technologies has a 12 month low of $42.95 and a 12 month high of $63.80. The firm has a market cap of $1.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.25 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $59.50 and a 200 day moving average price of $57.79.

ESCO Technologies (NYSE:ESE) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.50 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $172 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $172 million. ESCO Technologies had a net margin of 8.06% and a return on equity of 8.36%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 22.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.49 EPS. Analysts anticipate that ESCO Technologies will post $2.08 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 17th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 2nd. ESCO Technologies’s payout ratio is 16.16%.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on ESE. Wunderlich began coverage on shares of ESCO Technologies in a report on Tuesday, June 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $71.00 price objective on the stock. FBR & Co reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of ESCO Technologies in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of ESCO Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $66.50.

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ESCO Technologies Company Profile

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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