ValuEngine lowered shares of Valhi (NYSE:VHI) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Wednesday.

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet raised shares of Valhi from a c rating to a b- rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Barclays upped their price objective on shares of Valhi from $3.00 to $5.00 and gave the company an underweight rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th.

Shares of Valhi (NYSE:VHI) remained flat at $$6.25 on Wednesday. 117,555 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 246,667. The firm has a market cap of $2,119.82, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.18 and a beta of 3.13. The company has a quick ratio of 2.44, a current ratio of 3.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -18.05. Valhi has a 12 month low of $2.13 and a 12 month high of $7.28.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 6th were given a dividend of $0.02 per share. This represents a $0.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, December 5th. Valhi’s dividend payout ratio is currently 34.78%.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of VHI. Acrospire Investment Management LLC raised its position in Valhi by 421.4% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 43,320 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $129,000 after purchasing an additional 35,012 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. acquired a new position in Valhi in the second quarter worth about $133,000. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its position in Valhi by 43.5% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 44,992 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $134,000 after purchasing an additional 13,643 shares in the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC acquired a new position in Valhi in the second quarter worth about $155,000. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its position in Valhi by 105.9% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 148,158 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $442,000 after purchasing an additional 76,186 shares in the last quarter. 2.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Valhi Company Profile

Valhi, Inc is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc, Kronos Worldwide, Inc (Kronos), CompX International Inc (CompX) and Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS).

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