Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Israel Chemicals (ICL) Stock Price

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Media stories about Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Israel Chemicals earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.5546272294485 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of ICL stock opened at $5.77 on Friday. Israel Chemicals has a 12-month low of $3.85 and a 12-month high of $5.90. The stock has a market cap of $7.48 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.51 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a quick ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 1.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50.

Israel Chemicals (NYSE:ICL) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.09 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by $0.01. Israel Chemicals had a net margin of 22.74% and a return on equity of 14.16%. The company had revenue of $1.37 billion during the quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.05 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Israel Chemicals will post 0.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 4th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, August 21st were paid a $0.043 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, August 20th. This is an increase from Israel Chemicals’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.04. This represents a $0.17 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.98%. Israel Chemicals’s payout ratio is currently 32.26%.

ICL has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Israel Chemicals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Israel Chemicals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.25 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, July 11th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Israel Chemicals has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $5.25.

About Israel Chemicals

Israel Chemicals Ltd. operates as a specialty minerals company worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Essential Minerals and Specialty Solutions. The company extracts potash from the Dead Sea; mines and produces potash, salt, and Polysulphate; and produces, markets, and sells pure magnesium and magnesium alloys, as well as produces dry carnallite and related by-products, including chlorine and sylvinite.

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