News stories about Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Honeywell International earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the conglomerate an impact score of 45.6784244997812 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

HON has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $165.00 target price on shares of Honeywell International in a report on Friday, February 16th. Deutsche Bank reissued a “buy” rating and set a $171.00 price objective on shares of Honeywell International in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. Bank of America boosted their price objective on Honeywell International from $117.12 to $168.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 26th. UBS Group initiated coverage on Honeywell International in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Finally, Jefferies Group upped their target price on Honeywell International from $162.00 to $180.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $165.67.

Shares of Honeywell International (HON) opened at $151.07 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.38, a quick ratio of 1.13 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72. The stock has a market capitalization of $113,116.13, a P/E ratio of 21.31, a P/E/G ratio of 2.12 and a beta of 0.98. Honeywell International has a one year low of $122.40 and a one year high of $165.13.

Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) last issued its earnings results on Friday, January 26th. The conglomerate reported $1.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.84 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $10.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.80 billion. Honeywell International had a return on equity of 27.27% and a net margin of 4.08%. Honeywell International’s revenue was up 8.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.74 EPS. analysts anticipate that Honeywell International will post 7.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Honeywell International declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share buyback plan on Friday, December 8th that authorizes the company to repurchase $6.50 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the conglomerate to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd were issued a $0.745 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $2.98 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.97%. Honeywell International’s dividend payout ratio is presently 143.27%.

In related news, Director Linnet F. Deily sold 2,886 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $147.71, for a total transaction of $426,291.06. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 9,105 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,344,899.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Jaime Chico /Fa Pardo sold 2,868 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $156.36, for a total value of $448,440.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 41,092 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,425,145.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.33% of the company’s stock.

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About Honeywell International

Honeywell International Inc is a technology and manufacturing company. The Company operates through four segments: Aerospace, Home and Building Technologies, Performance Materials and Technologies, and Safety and Productivity Solutions. The Company’s Aerospace segment supplies products, software and services for aircraft and vehicles that it sells to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other customers.

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