Harsco (NYSE:HSC) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about Harsco (NYSE:HSC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. 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 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.7527763684472 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Harsco (HSC) opened at $17.45 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.87. The company has a market capitalization of $1,439.95, a P/E ratio of 25.94 and a beta of 3.09. Harsco has a 12 month low of $11.40 and a 12 month high of $22.00.

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

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on HSC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Harsco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 price target (up previously from $18.00) on shares of Harsco in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub cut Harsco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Argus upgraded Harsco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Harsco from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $20.00.

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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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