Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Harsco (HSC) Stock Price

Media headlines about Harsco (NYSE:HSC) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Harsco earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 45.7902059818166 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Harsco (NYSE HSC) opened at $19.70 on Friday. Harsco has a 1 year low of $11.40 and a 1 year high of $22.00. The firm has a market cap of $1,580.00, a PE ratio of 63.55 and a beta of 3.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87, a current ratio of 1.30 and a quick ratio of 0.83.

Harsco (NYSE:HSC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The industrial products company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $384.65 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $398.85 million. Harsco had a net margin of 1.69% and a return on equity of 32.46%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.14 EPS. equities analysts expect that Harsco will post 0.68 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of brokerages have commented on HSC. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Harsco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. ValuEngine cut shares of Harsco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Argus raised shares of Harsco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 15th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $20.75.

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About Harsco

Harsco Corporation is a provider of industrial services and engineered products. The Company operates in three segments: Harsco Metals & Minerals, Harsco Industrial and Harsco Rail. The Harsco Metals & Minerals segment provides outsourced on-site services to the global metals industry, with the operations focused in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Brazil.

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