H. B. Fuller Company (NYSE:FUL) – Stock analysts at Seaport Global Securities increased their Q4 2017 EPS estimates for H. B. Fuller in a research report issued on Tuesday. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Harrison now anticipates that the specialty chemicals company will post earnings of $0.83 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.81.

H. B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, September 27th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by ($0.02). H. B. Fuller had a net margin of 4.76% and a return on equity of 13.08%. The business had revenue of $562.87 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $553.66 million.

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FUL has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered H. B. Fuller from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 3rd. Robert W. Baird began coverage on H. B. Fuller in a research report on Thursday, September 14th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $60.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub lowered H. B. Fuller from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of H. B. Fuller in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price objective on H. B. Fuller from $56.00 to $58.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $57.40.

H. B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL) opened at 56.30 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $53.88 and a 200 day moving average price of $52.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $2.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.73 and a beta of 1.72. H. B. Fuller has a 52 week low of $41.52 and a 52 week high of $58.74.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, October 19th will be given a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.06%. H. B. Fuller’s dividend payout ratio is currently 29.41%.

In other news, VP Dietrich J. Crail purchased 970 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 12th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $51.41 per share, for a total transaction of $49,867.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 970 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $49,867.70. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Traci L. Jensen sold 5,397 shares of H. B. Fuller stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.40, for a total value of $315,184.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 3.10% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Miles Capital Inc. boosted its position in shares of H. B. Fuller by 0.3% during the first quarter. Miles Capital Inc. now owns 4,576 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $236,000 after purchasing an additional 12 shares in the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan boosted its position in shares of H. B. Fuller by 0.3% during the second quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 15,520 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $793,000 after purchasing an additional 40 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System boosted its position in shares of H. B. Fuller by 0.5% during the second quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 20,600 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $1,053,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Ronna Sue Cohen boosted its position in shares of H. B. Fuller by 0.3% during the second quarter. Ronna Sue Cohen now owns 58,447 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $2,987,000 after purchasing an additional 156 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio boosted its position in shares of H. B. Fuller by 5.4% during the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 3,339 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $171,000 after purchasing an additional 172 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 92.37% of the company’s stock.

About H. B. Fuller

H.B. Fuller Company is a formulator, manufacturer and marketer of adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products. The Company’s segments include Americas Adhesives, Europe, India, Middle East and Africa (EIMEA), Asia Pacific, Construction Products and Engineering Adhesives. The Americas Adhesives, EIMEA and Asia Pacific operating segments produce and supply industrial adhesives products for applications in various markets, including durable assembly, nonwoven and hygiene, and textile.

Earnings History and Estimates for H. B. Fuller (NYSE:FUL)

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