Diploma PLC (LON:DPLM) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seven brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is GBX 1,463.33 ($19.12).
DPLM has been the subject of several analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Diploma to a “neutral” rating and lowered their price target for the stock from GBX 1,760 ($23.00) to GBX 1,730 ($22.61) in a report on Tuesday, November 19th. Peel Hunt reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Diploma in a research note on Monday, November 18th. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price objective on shares of Diploma from GBX 1,280 ($16.73) to GBX 1,400 ($18.29) and gave the stock a “sector performer” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 22nd. Finally, Barclays lifted their target price on shares of Diploma from GBX 1,420 ($18.55) to GBX 1,500 ($19.60) and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 19th.
Shares of DPLM stock traded up GBX 13 ($0.17) on Friday, hitting GBX 1,830 ($23.91). The company had a trading volume of 163,318 shares, compared to its average volume of 128,194. Diploma has a twelve month low of GBX 1,144 ($14.95) and a twelve month high of GBX 1,954 ($25.53). The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 12.97, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a current ratio of 2.05. The firm has a market cap of $2.07 billion and a P/E ratio of 33.46. The stock’s 50-day moving average is GBX 1,702.12 and its two-hundred day moving average is GBX 1,580.72.
The firm also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 22nd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 28th will be paid a GBX 20.50 ($0.27) dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 28th. This is a positive change from Diploma’s previous dividend of $8.50. This represents a yield of 1.15%. Diploma’s payout ratio is 0.53%.
Diploma PLC, together with its subsidiaries, supplies specialized technical products and services in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through three business sectors: Life Sciences, Seals, and Controls. The Life Sciences sector supplies consumables and instruments for the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue, and other samples in hospital pathology and life sciences laboratories; electrosurgery and minimally invasive surgery equipment and consumables for use in hospital operating rooms; and surgical medical devices, and related consumables and services to GI endoscopy suites in hospitals and private clinics.
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