News coverage about A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. A. O. Smith earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.6117900566404 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Selling the monster: Fox finally airs “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” (salon.com)
- Fox invites viewers ‘inside’ the mind of O.J. Simpson (yahoo.com)
- President – AOSHBSRL of Smith A O Corp (NYSE:AOS), Brouwer Wilfridus M, sells 30,000 shares worth $1,893,375 (empowerednews.net)
- Barb VanderMolen, A. O. Smith vice president-finance, receiving recognition with a Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award (finance.yahoo.com)
- ‘O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession’ to Include Panelists Christopher Darden, Judith Regan, and Brown Family Representative (msn.com)
A. O. Smith (AOS) traded up $1.95 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $66.49. 758,849 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,016,200. The company has a quick ratio of 1.87, a current ratio of 2.24 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24. The firm has a market cap of $11,403.77, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.52. A. O. Smith has a 52 week low of $49.19 and a 52 week high of $68.39.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st were issued a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.08%. This is an increase from A. O. Smith’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, January 30th. A. O. Smith’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.35%.
A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on AOS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of A. O. Smith from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $75.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $70.00 price target on shares of A. O. Smith in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. Boenning Scattergood restated a “hold” rating on shares of A. O. Smith in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price target on shares of A. O. Smith in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $59.00 target price on shares of A. O. Smith in a research note on Monday, December 11th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $67.83.
In other news, VP Robert J. Heideman sold 11,606 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.74, for a total transaction of $716,554.44. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 34,099 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,105,272.26. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Mark D. Smith sold 2,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, March 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.73, for a total transaction of $163,098.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 109,609 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,875,772.57. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 110,635 shares of company stock valued at $7,149,622 over the last ninety days. 1.28% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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A. O. Smith Company Profile
A. O. Smith Corporation operates through two segments: North America and Rest of World. The Company’s Rest of World segment primarily consists of China, Europe and India. Both segments manufacture and market comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas, gas tankless and electric water heaters, as well as water treatment products.
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