Vesuvius (LON:VSVS) had its price objective decreased by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from GBX 593 ($7.80) to GBX 549 ($7.22) in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning, Stock Target Advisor reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has an overweight rating on the stock.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Goldman Sachs Group lifted their price target on Vesuvius from GBX 480 ($6.31) to GBX 490 ($6.45) and gave the company a neutral rating in a research report on Monday, January 13th. Jefferies Financial Group reduced their price target on Vesuvius from GBX 605 ($7.96) to GBX 590 ($7.76) and set a buy rating for the company in a research report on Friday, February 14th. Berenberg Bank lifted their price target on Vesuvius from GBX 485 ($6.38) to GBX 565 ($7.43) and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, January 20th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an outperform rating on shares of Vesuvius in a research report on Friday, January 17th. Finally, Barclays began coverage on Vesuvius in a research report on Monday, January 20th. They issued an equal weight rating and a GBX 495 ($6.51) price target for the company. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of GBX 609.08 ($8.01).

LON:VSVS traded down GBX 0.80 ($0.01) during trading hours on Friday, reaching GBX 422.60 ($5.56). The stock had a trading volume of 1,027,914 shares, compared to its average volume of 586,670. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 44.89, a quick ratio of 1.64 and a current ratio of 2.24. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of GBX 447.05 and a 200 day simple moving average of GBX 449.64. Vesuvius has a 12-month low of GBX 331 ($4.35) and a 12-month high of GBX 646 ($8.50). The stock has a market cap of $1.15 billion and a P/E ratio of 9.19.

Vesuvius (LON:VSVS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 27th. The company reported GBX 45.10 ($0.59) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of GBX 43.10 ($0.57) by GBX 2 ($0.03). On average, equities analysts expect that Vesuvius will post 4866.9996474 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 22nd. Investors of record on Thursday, April 16th will be paid a dividend of GBX 14.30 ($0.19) per share. This is a positive change from Vesuvius’s previous dividend of $6.20. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 16th. This represents a yield of 3.38%. Vesuvius’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 0.43%.

Vesuvius Company Profile

Vesuvius plc provides engineering services and solutions principally to steel and foundry industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Steel and Foundry. The company offers foundry consumables and equipment, including binders, melt shop refractories, coatings, filtration and gating systems, metallurgical and pouring control systems, feeding systems, die dressings and coatings, melt treatment products, crucibles, and ceramics for the iron, steel, and nonferrous foundries.

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