Media coverage about Leggett & Platt, (NYSE:LEG) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group, a unit of Accern, scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Leggett & Platt, earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 9 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Leggett & Platt, (NYSE:LEG)

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on LEG. BidaskClub upgraded Leggett & Platt, from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday. Piper Jaffray Companies assumed coverage on Leggett & Platt, in a research note on Monday, June 5th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $59.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Leggett & Platt, from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on Leggett & Platt, from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 3rd. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Leggett & Platt, presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $56.00.

Leggett & Platt, (NYSE LEG) traded up 0.84% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $52.74. The company had a trading volume of 1,324,575 shares. Leggett & Platt, has a 52 week low of $44.02 and a 52 week high of $54.97. The company has a market capitalization of $6.98 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.20 and a beta of 1.00. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $52.30 and a 200-day moving average price of $50.18.

Leggett & Platt, (NYSE:LEG) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.62 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.03. Leggett & Platt, had a return on equity of 31.91% and a net margin of 10.14%. The business had revenue of $960.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $958.98 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.63 EPS. Leggett & Platt,’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Leggett & Platt, will post $2.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 14th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 15th will be paid a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.73%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 13th. This is a positive change from Leggett & Platt,’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.34. Leggett & Platt,’s dividend payout ratio is presently 52.36%.

In other Leggett & Platt, news, Director Joseph W. Mcclanathan sold 5,715 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.91, for a total value of $302,380.65. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 32,314 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,709,733.74. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Karl G. Glassman sold 13,277 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.79, for a total value of $714,169.83. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 337,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,151,704.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 46,320 shares of company stock valued at $2,477,652 in the last quarter. 1.78% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Leggett & Platt,

Leggett & Platt, Incorporated is a manufacturer that conceives, designs and produces a range of engineered components and products found in homes, offices and automobiles. The Company operates in four segments: Residential Furnishings, Commercial Products, Industrial Materials and Specialized Products.

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