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Ashland (ASH) Competitors

$95.91
-1.47 (-1.51%)
(As of 06/14/2024 ET)

ASH vs. CE, RPM, ALB, NEU, BCPC, FUL, SXT, IOSP, KWR, and MTX

Should you be buying Ashland stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Ashland include Celanese (CE), RPM International (RPM), Albemarle (ALB), NewMarket (NEU), Balchem (BCPC), H.B. Fuller (FUL), Sensient Technologies (SXT), Innospec (IOSP), Quaker Chemical (KWR), and Minerals Technologies (MTX). These companies are all part of the "specialty chemicals" industry.

Ashland vs.

Ashland (NYSE:ASH) and Celanese (NYSE:CE) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, media sentiment, dividends, community ranking, analyst recommendations, risk and institutional ownership.

Celanese has higher revenue and earnings than Ashland. Celanese is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Ashland, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Ashland$2.19B2.19$178M$3.7725.44
Celanese$10.94B1.40$1.96B$18.177.71

Ashland currently has a consensus target price of $106.44, indicating a potential upside of 10.49%. Celanese has a consensus target price of $161.41, indicating a potential upside of 14.97%. Given Celanese's higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Celanese is more favorable than Ashland.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ashland
1 Sell rating(s)
1 Hold rating(s)
6 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.63
Celanese
4 Sell rating(s)
7 Hold rating(s)
6 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.12

94.0% of Ashland shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.9% of Celanese shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Ashland shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Celanese shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Celanese received 83 more outperform votes than Ashland when rated by MarketBeat users. However, 68.76% of users gave Ashland an outperform vote while only 63.55% of users gave Celanese an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
AshlandOutperform Votes
590
68.76%
Underperform Votes
268
31.24%
CelaneseOutperform Votes
673
63.55%
Underperform Votes
386
36.45%

Celanese has a net margin of 18.60% compared to Ashland's net margin of 9.09%. Celanese's return on equity of 14.00% beat Ashland's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ashland9.09% 5.57% 2.91%
Celanese 18.60%14.00%3.79%

Ashland pays an annual dividend of $1.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Celanese pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Ashland pays out 43.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Celanese pays out 15.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Celanese is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

In the previous week, Celanese had 12 more articles in the media than Ashland. MarketBeat recorded 17 mentions for Celanese and 5 mentions for Ashland. Ashland's average media sentiment score of 0.83 beat Celanese's score of 0.48 indicating that Ashland is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Ashland
3 Very Positive mention(s)
1 Positive mention(s)
0 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Celanese
6 Very Positive mention(s)
2 Positive mention(s)
2 Neutral mention(s)
3 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

Ashland has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Celanese has a beta of 1.34, meaning that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Celanese beats Ashland on 13 of the 19 factors compared between the two stocks.

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Media Sentiment Over Time

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ASH vs. The Competition

MetricAshlandChemicals & allied products IndustryMaterials SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$4.81B$6.38B$2.76B$17.70B
Dividend Yield1.62%2.66%5.31%3.57%
P/E Ratio25.4486.69136.0823.14
Price / Sales2.1946.37801,564.0114.39
Price / Cash10.999.7623.3219.45
Price / Book1.592.303.654.81
Net Income$178M$263.45M$161.70M$977.62M
7 Day Performance-4.23%-2.77%6.09%0.62%
1 Month Performance-2.25%-7.03%6.38%-3.75%
1 Year Performance12.05%0.07%18.81%7.29%

Ashland Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
CE
Celanese
4.9472 of 5 stars
$145.79
+0.5%
$161.41
+10.7%
+22.6%$15.92B$10.94B8.0212,410Analyst Forecast
Short Interest ↓
RPM
RPM International
2.2022 of 5 stars
$112.21
+1.8%
$115.11
+2.6%
+33.6%$14.45B$7.26B25.8517,274Positive News
ALB
Albemarle
4.8305 of 5 stars
$112.65
-1.2%
$165.16
+46.6%
-52.7%$13.24B$9.62B40.969,000Analyst Forecast
Options Volume
NEU
NewMarket
2.4191 of 5 stars
$535.46
+1.3%
N/A+31.6%$5.14B$2.70B12.882,000Positive News
BCPC
Balchem
4.7655 of 5 stars
$153.24
+1.2%
$170.00
+10.9%
+11.7%$4.97B$922.44M43.291,302Short Interest ↓
Positive News
FUL
H.B. Fuller
3.512 of 5 stars
$78.59
+3.2%
$86.20
+9.7%
+18.9%$4.28B$3.51B28.587,200Gap Up
SXT
Sensient Technologies
2.8995 of 5 stars
$77.19
+0.7%
$80.00
+3.6%
+1.2%$3.27B$1.46B35.903,956Positive News
IOSP
Innospec
3.6859 of 5 stars
$127.40
+2.0%
N/A+25.0%$3.18B$1.95B21.632,400Short Interest ↑
KWR
Quaker Chemical
4.2327 of 5 stars
$176.45
+1.3%
$221.50
+25.5%
-11.8%$3.17B$1.95B26.864,400Short Interest ↑
MTX
Minerals Technologies
2.6458 of 5 stars
$84.46
+0.9%
$68.50
-18.9%
+47.4%$2.72B$2.16B29.224,027Insider Selling

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This page (NYSE:ASH) was last updated on 6/14/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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