Church & Dwight (CHD) Receives Media Impact Score of 3.29

News headlines about Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) have been trending very positive recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Church & Dwight earned a news sentiment score of 3.29 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Church & Dwight’s analysis:

Several brokerages have recently commented on CHD. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $66.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Monday. Barclays set a $54.00 price objective on shares of Church & Dwight and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, November 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $58.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.88.

CHD traded up $1.12 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $65.55. 2,491,800 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,063,451. Church & Dwight has a 12-month low of $43.96 and a 12-month high of $67.93. The company has a market cap of $16.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.79, a PEG ratio of 2.95 and a beta of 0.31. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.04. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 20.25% and a return on equity of 25.00%. The firm had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.02 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.49 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.2% on a year-over-year basis. Research analysts forecast that Church & Dwight will post 2.28 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 3rd. Investors of record on Thursday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.2175 per share. This represents a $0.87 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 14th. Church & Dwight’s payout ratio is currently 44.85%.

In related news, Director Robert K. Shearer sold 16,718 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.82, for a total transaction of $966,634.76. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 45,826 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,649,659.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 17,544 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.90, for a total transaction of $980,709.60. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 66,903 shares in the company, valued at $3,739,877.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 650,082 shares of company stock worth $39,909,666. 2.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Church & Dwight Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures, and markets household, personal care, and specialty products. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and the Specialty Products Division. It offers baking soda, cat litter, carpet deodorization, and laundry detergent products under the ARM & HAMMER brand; condoms, lubricants, and vibrators TROJAN brand; stain removers, cleaning solutions, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, and bleach alternatives under the OXICLEAN brand; battery-operated and manual toothbrushes under the SPINBRUSH brand; home pregnancy and ovulation test kits under the FIRST RESPONSE brand; depilatories under the NAIR brand; oral analgesic products under the ORAJEL brand; laundry detergents under the XTRA brand; gummy dietary supplements under the L'IL CRITTERS and VITAFUSION brands; dry shampoos under the BATISTE brand; and water flossers and replacement showerheads under the WATERPIK brand.

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