News headlines about Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Worthington Industries earned a coverage optimism score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.7895601554567 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Several brokerages have commented on WOR. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Worthington Industries from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, April 7th. ValuEngine raised shares of Worthington Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of Worthington Industries in a research note on Friday, March 30th.

Shares of NYSE:WOR opened at $43.33 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.29, a current ratio of 2.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72. Worthington Industries has a 52 week low of $39.52 and a 52 week high of $53.27. The company has a market capitalization of $2,607.83, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.46, a PEG ratio of 3.34 and a beta of 1.09.

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, March 29th. The industrial products company reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.14). Worthington Industries had a return on equity of 17.05% and a net margin of 6.47%. The company had revenue of $841.66 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $863.50 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.55 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Worthington Industries will post 3.02 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 15th will be given a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.94%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 14th. Worthington Industries’s dividend payout ratio is 26.09%.

In related news, Director Michael J. Endres acquired 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 4th. The stock was bought at an average price of $39.78 per share, with a total value of $119,340.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 187,440 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,456,363.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Catherine M. Lyttle sold 34,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, April 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.65, for a total transaction of $1,402,425.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 32,059 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,303,198.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 31.30% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Worthington Industries

Worthington Industries, Inc is a metals manufacturing company, focused on value-added steel processing and manufactured metal products. The Company’s segments include Steel Processing, Pressure Cylinders, Engineered Cabs and Other. The Steel Processing segment buys coils of steel from integrated steel mills and mini-mills, and also toll processes steel for steel mills, end users, service centers and other processors.

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