CSS Industries Inc. (NYSE:CSS) was upgraded by equities research analysts at TheStreet from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

Shares of CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) traded up 1.65% on Monday, reaching $27.16. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 75,125 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average is $25.45 and its 200 day moving average is $26.22. CSS Industries has a 12-month low of $23.84 and a 12-month high of $29.90. The company has a market capitalization of $246.53 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.25 and a beta of 0.94.

CSS Industries (NYSE:CSS) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.77 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.27 by $0.50. CSS Industries had a return on equity of 4.98% and a net margin of 4.15%. Equities analysts anticipate that CSS Industries will post $1.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 1st will be issued a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, November 29th. CSS Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.74%.

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In other news, EVP Vincent A. Paccapaniccia sold 5,466 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.32, for a total value of $138,399.12. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 26,917 shares in the company, valued at $681,538.44. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Vincent A. Paccapaniccia sold 2,427 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.05, for a total value of $60,796.35. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 22,334 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $559,466.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 7.80% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

CSS Industries Company Profile

CSS Industries, Inc is a consumer products company, which is engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of non-durable all occasion and seasonal social expression products, principally to mass market retailers in the United States and Canada. The Company’s occasion and seasonal products include classroom exchange Valentines, infant products, journals, buttons, gift wrap, floral accessories, craft and educational products, Easter egg dyes and novelties, memory books, scrapbooks, stickers, stationery and other items.

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