News stories about Stepan (NYSE:SCL) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stepan earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.3546939360674 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stepan from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. National Bank Financial lifted their price objective on Stepan from $35.00 to $36.00 in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Finally, Scotiabank raised Stepan from an “underperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and set a $32.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Stepan has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $35.60.
Stepan (NYSE:SCL) opened at $73.04 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,645.08, a P/E ratio of 18.92 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a current ratio of 2.64, a quick ratio of 2.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38. Stepan has a 12-month low of $68.51 and a 12-month high of $92.97.
In other news, VP Debra Stefaniak sold 818 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.66, for a total transaction of $67,615.88. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 6,616 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $546,878.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 13.10% of the company’s stock.
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Stepan Company Profile
Stepan Company produces specialty and intermediate chemicals, which are sold to other manufacturers and used in a range of end products. The Company operates through three segments: Surfactants, Polymers and Specialty Products. The Company’s principal markets include manufacturers of cleaning and washing compounds (including detergents, shampoos, fabric softeners, toothpastes and household cleaners), paints, cosmetics, food, beverages, nutritional supplements, agricultural products and plastics.
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