American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, Zacks.com reports.
According to Zacks, "American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company focusing on crop protection, turf and ornamental markets, and public health applications. The Company has continued its successful strategy of acquiring or licensing both new and well-established product lines that serve numerous high valued market niches. New product development and international expansion also provide an additional stimulus for growth. Through skilful marketing, diligent product registration, quality manufacturing, American Vanguard has positioned itself to capitalize on developing trends in modern agriculture. American Vanguard continues to meet the needs of a world demanding ever-increasing quantities of agricultural products for human food, animal feed, natural fibers and alternative fuels. "
Separately, ValuEngine lowered shares of American Vanguard from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, April 2nd.
Shares of NYSE:AVD traded up $0.13 on Tuesday, hitting $13.76. The company's stock had a trading volume of 114,634 shares, compared to its average volume of 134,239. American Vanguard has a 12 month low of $11.35 and a 12 month high of $19.60. The company has a market capitalization of $395.39 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 38.22 and a beta of 1.01. The stock's 50-day moving average is $12.89 and its two-hundred day moving average is $15.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 1.25 and a current ratio of 2.52.
American Vanguard (NYSE:AVD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 11th. The basic materials company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.01 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $95.96 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $96.05 million. American Vanguard had a net margin of 2.20% and a return on equity of 3.03%. Equities analysts expect that American Vanguard will post 0.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
In other news, Director Esmail Zirakparvar bought 3,280 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 12th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $12.49 per share, with a total value of $40,967.20. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 41,939 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $523,818.11. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. 5.30% 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 AVD. ArrowMark Colorado Holdings LLC acquired a new stake in American Vanguard in the fourth quarter valued at $3,135,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its holdings in American Vanguard by 56.7% during the first quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,241,483 shares of the basic materials company's stock valued at $17,952,000 after buying an additional 449,343 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its holdings in American Vanguard by 7.5% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 874,391 shares of the basic materials company's stock worth $12,661,000 after purchasing an additional 61,224 shares during the period. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS bought a new position in shares of American Vanguard in the first quarter worth about $193,000. Finally, Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in American Vanguard by 2.4% during the 4th quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. now owns 166,841 shares of the basic materials company's stock worth $3,249,000 after acquiring an additional 3,852 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.55% of the company's stock.
American Vanguard Company Profile
American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals for agricultural, commercial, and consumer uses in the United States and internationally. The company manufactures and formulates chemicals, including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants in liquid, powder, and granular forms for crops, turf and ornamental plants, and human and animal health protection.
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