American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) insider David` T. Johnson sold 6,611 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.87, for a total transaction of $124,749.57. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 28,429 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $536,455.23. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE AVD) traded down $0.10 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $18.70. The company had a trading volume of 56,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 97,762. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a quick ratio of 1.20 and a current ratio of 2.37. The firm has a market cap of $567.59, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.72, a P/E/G ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 1.23. American Vanguard Corporation has a twelve month low of $14.65 and a twelve month high of $24.00.

American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The basic materials company reported $0.14 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by ($0.03). American Vanguard had a return on equity of 5.44% and a net margin of 4.83%. The company had revenue of $90.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $89.17 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.10 earnings per share. American Vanguard’s quarterly revenue was up 9.2% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that American Vanguard Corporation will post 0.59 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on AVD shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Vanguard from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and issued a $23.00 price target on shares of American Vanguard in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Roth Capital set a $28.00 target price on American Vanguard and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 1st. Finally, BidaskClub lowered American Vanguard from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. American Vanguard has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.33.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 3.7% during the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 191,395 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $3,177,000 after purchasing an additional 6,779 shares during the period. Heartland Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 32.6% during the second quarter. Heartland Advisors Inc. now owns 871,469 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $15,033,000 after purchasing an additional 214,141 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp increased its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 6.8% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 350,745 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $6,051,000 after purchasing an additional 22,462 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. acquired a new position in shares of American Vanguard during the second quarter valued at $297,000. Finally, State Street Corp increased its holdings in shares of American Vanguard by 4.2% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 663,208 shares of the basic materials company’s stock valued at $11,442,000 after purchasing an additional 26,587 shares during the period. 76.47% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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American Vanguard Company Profile

American Vanguard Corporation operates as a holding company. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC), GemChem, Inc (GemChem), 2110 Davie Corporation (DAVIE), Quimica Amvac de Mexico SA de C.V. (AMVAC M), AMVAC Mexico Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC M Srl), AMVAC de Costa Rica Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada (AMVAC CR Srl), AMVAC Switzerland GmbH (AMVAC S), AMVAC do Brasil Representacoes Ltda (AMVAC B), AMVAC C.V.

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