News articles about Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Israel Chemicals earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.3394154529758 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Israel-based chemical manufacturer to expand county operations, create jobs (journalscene.com)
- Flame Retardant Chemicals: Technologies and Global Markets (finance.yahoo.com)
- ICL expanding in Dorchester (thetandd.com)
- Chemical company adding 25 jobs in South Carolina (lmtonline.com)
- Potash Price Update for the Week Ended June 1 (finance.yahoo.com)
ICL has been the topic of several research analyst reports. TheStreet raised shares of Israel Chemicals from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Israel Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Citigroup upgraded shares of Israel Chemicals from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 21st. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Israel Chemicals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. Israel Chemicals presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $5.00.
Shares of NYSE ICL traded up $0.03 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $4.76. 480,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 256,292. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.62 and a quick ratio of 1.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.16 billion, a PE ratio of 15.26 and a beta of 1.01. Israel Chemicals has a fifty-two week low of $3.85 and a fifty-two week high of $4.95.
Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 10th. The basic materials company reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.08. The firm had revenue of $1.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.43 billion. Israel Chemicals had a net margin of 22.15% and a return on equity of 13.77%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.04 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Israel Chemicals will post 0.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 20th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 6th will be given a $0.04 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 6th. This represents a $0.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.36%. Israel Chemicals’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 70.97%.
Israel Chemicals Company Profile
Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash, salt, and Polysulphate; and produces, markets, and sells pure magnesium and magnesium alloys, as well as produces dry carnallite and related by-products, including chlorine and sylvinite.
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