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Aceto (NASDAQ:ACET) Director Natasha Giordano sold 1,160 shares of Aceto stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.28, for a total transaction of $20,044.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,505 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $164,246. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

ACET has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Singular Research cut their price target on shares of Aceto from $24.00 to $22.00 in a research note on Tuesday, May 20th. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock. Analysts at Sidoti upgraded shares of Aceto from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 19th.

Aceto (NASDAQ:ACET) traded up 2.15% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $17.60. 219,468 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Aceto has a 1-year low of $12.40 and a 1-year high of $25.25. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $19.66 and a 200-day moving average of $20.5. The company has a market cap of $505.6 million and a P/E ratio of 17.03. Aceto also was the recipient of a large growth in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,304,565 shares, a growth of 45.8% from the April 30th total of 894,563 shares. Approximately 4.9% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 585,936 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.2 days.

Aceto (NASDAQ:ACET) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 8th. The company reported $0.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $124.83 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $136.70 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 17.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Aceto will post $1.00 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, June 27th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 12th will be paid a dividend of $0.06 per share. This represents a $0.24 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 10th.

Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ:ACET) is primarily engaged in the sourcing, regulatory support, quality assurance, marketing, sales and distribution of pharmaceutical intermediates and active ingredients, finished dosage form generics, nutraceutical products, agricultural protection products and specialty chemicals used principally as finished products or raw materials in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural, coatings and industrial chemical consuming industries.

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