Venator Materials (VNTR) Getting Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) have been trending somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Venator Materials earned a media sentiment score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 48.2030963590104 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Venator Materials (VNTR) opened at $19.65 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.77, a quick ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,090.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.06. Venator Materials has a 12-month low of $17.85 and a 12-month high of $26.90.

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Venator Materials (NYSE:VNTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 23rd. The company reported $0.61 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.66 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $528.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $539.36 million. The company’s revenue was up 7.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Venator Materials will post 3.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on VNTR. Goldman Sachs Group cut Venator Materials from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $27.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $25.00 price target (down previously from $27.00) on shares of Venator Materials in a research note on Monday, February 26th. Morgan Stanley began coverage on Venator Materials in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $25.00 price target on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut Venator Materials from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, Alembic Global Advisors restated a “buy” rating and issued a $32.00 price target on shares of Venator Materials in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $27.19.

In other news, Director Kathy Dawn Patrick acquired 4,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, February 26th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $20.45 per share, for a total transaction of $92,025.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Corp Huntsman sold 1,948,955 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.66, for a total value of $42,214,365.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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Venator Materials Company Profile

Venator Materials PLC is a manufacturer and marketer of chemical products. The Company is engaged in manufacturing titanium dioxide (TiO2), functional additives, color pigments, timber treatment and water treatment products. It operates through two segments: Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives.

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