Acme United Co. (NYSEMKT:ACU) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, October 2nd.

Shares of Acme United (NYSEMKT ACU) traded up 1.02% on Monday, hitting $24.85. 6,446 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $83.77 million, a PE ratio of 16.46 and a beta of 0.53. Acme United has a 52-week low of $19.49 and a 52-week high of $29.49. The company’s 50 day moving average is $24.47 and its 200-day moving average is $26.82.

Acme United (NYSEMKT:ACU) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.00 by ($0.25). Acme United had a net margin of 7.33% and a return on equity of 23.79%. The company had revenue of $38.85 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $45.20 million. Analysts predict that Acme United will post $1.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, CEO Walter C. Johnsen sold 2,104 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.12, for a total transaction of $57,060.48. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 307,610 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,342,383.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Walter C. Johnsen sold 2,108 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.12, for a total value of $57,168.96. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 307,610 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,342,383.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 4,662 shares of company stock valued at $126,640.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. MPS Loria Financial Planners LLC bought a new stake in shares of Acme United in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $144,000. ZPR Investment Management lifted its position in shares of Acme United by 0.4% during the 2nd quarter. ZPR Investment Management now owns 13,581 shares of the company’s stock worth $388,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Acme United by 6.9% during the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 123,015 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,518,000 after buying an additional 7,959 shares during the period. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of Acme United during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $447,000. Finally, FMR LLC bought a new position in shares of Acme United during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $815,000.

About Acme United

Acme United Corporation is a supplier of cutting, measuring, first aid and sharpening products to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting goods and industrial markets. The Company operates in three segments: United States (including Asian operations), Canada and Europe. Its operations in the United States, Canada and Europe are involved in product development, marketing, sales, administrative and distribution activities.

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