Headlines about Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mettler-Toledo International earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the medical instruments supplier an impact score of 46.594685168451 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Mettler-Toledo International (MTD) traded up $11.34 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $650.60. Mettler-Toledo International has a 52 week low of $408.97 and a 52 week high of $694.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.05, a quick ratio of 1.11 and a current ratio of 1.51. The firm has a market capitalization of $16,640.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.48, a PEG ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 1.09.

Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical instruments supplier reported $4.36 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.32 by $0.04. Mettler-Toledo International had a return on equity of 96.81% and a net margin of 16.44%. The firm had revenue of $698.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $685.56 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $3.89 EPS. Mettler-Toledo International’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Mettler-Toledo International will post 17.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on MTD shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Mettler-Toledo International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $711.00 target price on the stock in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $690.00 target price on shares of Mettler-Toledo International in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Morgan Stanley reiterated an “equal weight” rating and set a $535.00 target price (down from $565.00) on shares of Mettler-Toledo International in a report on Friday, October 6th. Bank of America raised their target price on Mettler-Toledo International from $640.00 to $710.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $600.00 target price on shares of Mettler-Toledo International in a report on Friday, October 20th. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $622.33.

In other Mettler-Toledo International news, Director Richard D. Francis acquired 160 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $627.91 per share, for a total transaction of $100,465.60. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 254 shares in the company, valued at $159,489.14. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider William P. Donnelly sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $630.02, for a total value of $6,300,200.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 39,969 shares of company stock valued at $25,242,999. 5.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International Inc is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications.

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