FMC (NYSE:FMC) updated its first quarter earnings guidance on Monday. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.45-1.59 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.12. FMC also updated its FY18 guidance to $5.20-5.60 EPS.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on FMC. Credit Suisse Group set a $111.00 price target on shares of FMC and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of FMC from a strong-buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. Bank of America increased their price target on shares of FMC from $103.00 to $105.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on shares of FMC from $80.00 to $90.00 and gave the company a market perform rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group began coverage on shares of FMC in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They issued a neutral rating and a $98.00 price target on the stock. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $96.58.

FMC (FMC) traded up $2.54 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $85.22. The company had a trading volume of 2,409,114 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,431,259. FMC has a twelve month low of $57.29 and a twelve month high of $98.70. The company has a current ratio of 2.19, a quick ratio of 1.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. The company has a market cap of $11,470.00, a PE ratio of 58.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 1.52.

FMC (NYSE:FMC) last posted its earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The basic materials company reported $1.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.03 by $0.07. FMC had a return on equity of 16.77% and a net margin of 0.78%. The business had revenue of $979.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $993.57 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.88 EPS. FMC’s revenue for the quarter was up 42.3% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that FMC will post 2.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 18th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a dividend of $0.165 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $0.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.77%. FMC’s payout ratio is 45.21%.

In related news, insider Nicholas Pfeiffer sold 375 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.33, for a total transaction of $33,873.75. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,856 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $619,302.48. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 1.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About FMC

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, consumer and industrial markets. The Company operates in three business segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions, FMC Health and Nutrition, and FMC Lithium. As of December 31, 2016, the FMC Agricultural Solutions segment developed, marketed and sold three classes of crop protection chemicals: insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

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