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Shares of Praxair (NYSE:PX) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seventeen analysts that are covering the company, Analyst Ratings Network.com reports. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $142.38.

Praxair (NYSE:PX) opened at 131.46 on Monday. Praxair has a 52-week low of $115.79 and a 52-week high of $135.24. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $130. and its 200-day moving average is $130.4. The company has a market cap of $38.390 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.17.

Praxair (NYSE:PX) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 23rd. The company reported $1.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $3.11 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.16 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.49 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Praxair will post $6.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Monday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 8th will be given a dividend of $0.65 per share. This represents a $2.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.98%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 4th.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on PX shares. Analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Praxair in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. They now have a $136.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at First Analysis upgraded shares of Praxair from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 31st. They now have a $155.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Praxair in a research note on Thursday, July 24th. They now have a $136.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $134.00.

Praxair, Inc (NYSE:PX) is an industrial gases supplier.

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