AIR LIQUIDE/ADR (AIQUY) Lifted to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

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Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AIR LIQUIDE/ADR (OTCMKTS:AIQUY) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Friday, Zacks.com reports.

According to Zacks, “Air Liquide’s core business is to supply oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and many other gases and services to most industries (for example: steel, oil refining, chemicals, glass, electronics, healthcare, food processing, metallurgy, paper and aerospace). Their global presence (130 subsidiaries in more than 65 countries) allows them to combine the resources and expertise of a global enterprise with a powerful local presence based on independent customer-focused teams. “

Separately, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut AIR LIQUIDE/ADR from a neutral rating to an underweight rating in a research report on Thursday, January 10th.

Shares of OTCMKTS AIQUY opened at $25.41 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The firm has a market cap of $54.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.91, a P/E/G ratio of 1.04 and a beta of 0.76. AIR LIQUIDE/ADR has a 12-month low of $23.18 and a 12-month high of $26.81.

The firm also recently disclosed an annual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be given a $0.546 dividend. This is a boost from AIR LIQUIDE/ADR’s previous annual dividend of $0.49. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.12%. AIR LIQUIDE/ADR’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 39.66%.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of AIQUY. Advisor Partners LLC raised its stake in AIR LIQUIDE/ADR by 4.6% in the 1st quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 15,177 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $386,000 after acquiring an additional 673 shares during the last quarter. Private Capital Group LLC raised its stake in shares of AIR LIQUIDE/ADR by 21.7% during the 4th quarter. Private Capital Group LLC now owns 5,077 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $126,000 after buying an additional 905 shares during the last quarter. Boston Common Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of AIR LIQUIDE/ADR by 1.7% during the 1st quarter. Boston Common Asset Management LLC now owns 175,651 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $4,471,000 after buying an additional 3,009 shares during the last quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC raised its stake in shares of AIR LIQUIDE/ADR by 20.1% during the 1st quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 20,072 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $492,000 after buying an additional 3,366 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Scout Investments Inc. raised its stake in shares of AIR LIQUIDE/ADR by 9.5% during the 1st quarter. Scout Investments Inc. now owns 104,218 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $2,653,000 after buying an additional 9,047 shares during the last quarter. 0.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

AIR LIQUIDE/ADR Company Profile

L'Air Liquide SA provides gases, technologies, and services for industrial and health sectors in Europe, the Americas, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. Its Gas & Services segment offers oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide to the metals, chemicals, refining, and energy industries; and gas solutions, such as industrial gases, welding equipment, application and safety equipment, and related services to materials and energy, automotive and manufacturing, food and pharmaceuticals, technology and research, and professionals and retail markets.

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