Smiths Group plc (LON:SMIN) insider George Buckley acquired 770 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 4th. The shares were bought at an average cost of GBX 1,624 ($21.22) per share, for a total transaction of £12,504.80 ($16,337.60).

Shares of Smiths Group stock opened at GBX 1,589 ($20.76) on Wednesday. Smiths Group plc has a 1 year low of GBX 1,140 ($14.89) and a 1 year high of GBX 1,738.57 ($22.71). The company’s fifty day simple moving average is GBX 1,580.09 and its 200-day simple moving average is GBX 1,515.63. The company has a market cap of £6.30 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.46. The company has a current ratio of 2.94, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 68.06.

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 8th will be issued a GBX 11.70 ($0.15) dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 8th. This is an increase from Smiths Group’s previous dividend of $11.00. This represents a yield of 0.76%. Smiths Group’s dividend payout ratio is 0.56%.

SMIN has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup Inc. 3% Minimum Coupon Principal Protected Based Upon Russell upped their target price on Smiths Group from GBX 1,700 ($22.21) to GBX 1,900 ($24.82) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 1,700 ($22.21) price objective on shares of Smiths Group in a report on Monday, February 1st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Smiths Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of GBX 1,617.86 ($21.14).

About Smiths Group

Smiths Group plc operates as a technology company serving the medical technology, security and defense, general industrial, energy, and space and aerospace markets worldwide. It operates through John Crane, Smiths Detection, Flex-Tek, Smiths Interconnect divisions. The John Crane division offers mechanical seals, seal support systems, hydrodynamic bearings, packing materials, power transmission couplings, and specialized filtration systems.

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