Media headlines about Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) have been trending positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Raven Industries earned a news sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the conglomerate an impact score of 47.9065995482097 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) traded up $0.45 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $34.80. The company had a trading volume of 168,992 shares, compared to its average volume of 124,242. Raven Industries has a 12 month low of $24.35 and a 12 month high of $40.85. The company has a market capitalization of $1,228.21, a P/E ratio of 34.12, a P/E/G ratio of 2.71 and a beta of 1.57.

Raven Industries (NASDAQ:RAVN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 20th. The conglomerate reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by $0.10. Raven Industries had a return on equity of 13.88% and a net margin of 10.56%. The company had revenue of $101.35 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $84.54 million. equities analysts anticipate that Raven Industries will post 1.1 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, January 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 12th were issued a $0.13 dividend. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 11th. Raven Industries’s dividend payout ratio is presently 50.98%.

Raven Industries announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program on Monday, December 4th that allows the company to repurchase $25.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the conglomerate to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on RAVN shares. BidaskClub downgraded Raven Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. SunTrust Banks raised Raven Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $36.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised Raven Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, December 8th. Finally, Dougherty & Co downgraded Raven Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Raven Industries currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.00.

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Raven Industries Company Profile

Raven Industries, Inc is a diversified technology company providing a range of products to customers within the industrial, agricultural, energy, construction and defense markets. The Company operates through three segments: Applied Technology Division (Applied Technology), Engineered Films Division (Engineered Films) and Aerostar Division (Aerostar).

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