News articles about Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT) (TSE:POT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the fertilizer maker an impact score of 42.7817480613888 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (NYSE:POT) – P/E Ratio in Focus – Nasdaq Journal (press release) (nasdaqjournal.com)
- Potash: Merger Benefits Already Assumed In Stock Price – Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com)
- Gensource Announces Final Closing of Non-Brokered Private Placement Totalling $1,605,899.82 (businesswire.com)
- Potash Co. of Saskatchewan Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.10 (POT) (americanbankingnews.com)
- PotashCorp: Analyst Recommendations and Earnings Revision (finance.yahoo.com)
Several equities research analysts have issued reports on POT shares. UBS lifted their price target on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. started coverage on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $24.25 price target on the stock. TD Securities upgraded shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $17.50 to $24.00 in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $20.50 price target on shares of Potash Co. of Saskatchewan in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $20.25.
Potash Co. of Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT) (TSE:POT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The fertilizer maker reported $0.09 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.12 by ($0.03). Potash Co. of Saskatchewan had a net margin of 10.21% and a return on equity of 5.01%. The firm had revenue of $1.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.03 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.10 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 8.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Potash Co. of Saskatchewan will post 0.63 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a $0.10 dividend. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.04%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. Potash Co. of Saskatchewan’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.73%.
About Potash Co. of Saskatchewan
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc (PCS) is a fertilizer producer producing a range of primary crop nutrients, such as potash, nitrogen and phosphate. The Company operates through three segments: potash, nitrogen and phosphate. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five potash operations in Saskatchewan and owned one in New Brunswick.
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