Valhi (VHI) Rating Lowered to Sell at ValuEngine

Valhi (NYSE:VHI) was downgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of Valhi from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Barclays increased their target price on shares of Valhi from $3.00 to $5.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th.

Shares of Valhi (NYSE:VHI) remained flat at $$6.25 during midday trading on Wednesday. 117,555 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 246,667. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,119.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.18 and a beta of 3.13. The company has a quick ratio of 2.44, a current ratio of 3.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -18.05. Valhi has a fifty-two week low of $2.13 and a fifty-two week high of $7.28.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of VHI. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Valhi by 105.9% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 148,158 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $442,000 after buying an additional 76,186 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its position in shares of Valhi by 5.7% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 764,315 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $2,278,000 after buying an additional 41,377 shares during the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Valhi in the second quarter valued at about $155,000. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in Valhi by 43.5% during the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 44,992 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $134,000 after purchasing an additional 13,643 shares during the last quarter. Finally, TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC increased its position in Valhi by 173.4% during the second quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 164,351 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $490,000 after purchasing an additional 104,246 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

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Valhi Company Profile

Valhi, Inc is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc, Kronos Worldwide, Inc (Kronos), CompX International Inc (CompX) and Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS).

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