Diploma (LON:DPLM) issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday. The company reported GBX 56.40 ($0.74) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of GBX 55.20 ($0.72) by GBX 1.20 ($0.02), Digital Look Earnings reports.

Shares of LON DPLM traded down GBX 34 ($0.44) during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching GBX 1,308 ($17.09). The company had a trading volume of 125,311 shares, compared to its average volume of 128,194. Diploma has a 1-year low of GBX 1,010 ($13.20) and a 1-year high of GBX 1,270 ($16.59).

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, November 29th will be issued a GBX 17.80 ($0.23) dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 1.32%. This is a boost from Diploma’s previous dividend of $7.70. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 29th.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on DPLM. Barclays lifted their target price on Diploma from GBX 1,190 ($15.55) to GBX 1,225 ($16.01) and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “sector performer” rating and issued a GBX 1,280 ($16.73) target price on shares of Diploma in a report on Monday. Peel Hunt restated an “add” rating and issued a GBX 1,400 ($18.29) target price on shares of Diploma in a report on Monday. Berenberg Bank restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 1,365 ($17.84) target price on shares of Diploma in a report on Thursday, September 6th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group lifted their target price on Diploma from GBX 1,320 ($17.25) to GBX 1,560 ($20.38) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 29th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of GBX 1,364.17 ($17.83).

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Diploma Company Profile

Diploma PLC, together with its subsidiaries, supplies specialized technical products and services in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through Life Sciences, Seals, and Controls business sectors. The Life Sciences sector supplies consumables and instruments for the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue, and other samples in hospital pathology laboratories; electrosurgery equipment and consumables for use in hospital operating rooms; and surgical medical devices, and related consumables and services to GI endoscopy suites in hospitals and private clinics.

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