News articles about A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. A. O. Smith earned a news sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.0544248340103 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A. O. Smith (AOS) traded down $0.43 on Friday, hitting $61.26. The company had a trading volume of 572,238 shares, compared to its average volume of 786,466. The company has a current ratio of 2.32, a quick ratio of 1.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27. The firm has a market capitalization of $10,530.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.03, a P/E/G ratio of 2.32 and a beta of 1.57. A. O. Smith has a fifty-two week low of $46.44 and a fifty-two week high of $63.70.

A. O. Smith (NYSE:AOS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The industrial products company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53 by $0.01. A. O. Smith had a return on equity of 22.92% and a net margin of 12.49%. The business had revenue of $749.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $741.28 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.47 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that A. O. Smith will post 2.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $59.00 price target on shares of A. O. Smith in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Boenning Scattergood lowered A. O. Smith from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on shares of A. O. Smith in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price objective on shares of A. O. Smith in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered A. O. Smith from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. A. O. Smith presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.40.

In other news, CEO Ajita G. Rajendra sold 15,000 shares of A. O. Smith stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.81, for a total value of $927,150.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 299,369 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,503,997.89. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Kevin J. Wheeler sold 13,293 shares of A. O. Smith stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.49, for a total value of $817,386.57. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 30,748 shares in the company, valued at $1,890,694.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 100,156 shares of company stock worth $6,092,537. 1.27% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About A. O. Smith

A. O. Smith Corporation operates through two segments: North America and Rest of World. The Company’s Rest of World segment primarily consists of China, Europe and India. Both segments manufacture and market comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas, gas tankless and electric water heaters, as well as water treatment products.

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