Initiates Coverage on ACCO Brands (NYSE:ACCO) initiated coverage on shares of ACCO Brands (NYSE:ACCOGet Rating) in a research note issued to investors on Thursday morning. The brokerage issued a hold rating on the industrial products company’s stock.

Separately, BWS Financial downgraded shares of ACCO Brands from a buy rating to a neutral rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $9.00 to $6.00 in a research report on Tuesday, February 14th.

ACCO Brands Stock Down 4.1 %

Shares of ACCO Brands stock opened at $4.88 on Thursday. The firm’s fifty day simple moving average is $5.85 and its 200-day simple moving average is $5.50. ACCO Brands has a 12 month low of $4.27 and a 12 month high of $8.50. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16.

ACCO Brands (NYSE:ACCOGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Friday, February 24th. The industrial products company reported $0.32 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $499.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $505.62 million. ACCO Brands had a negative net margin of 0.68% and a positive return on equity of 12.07%. The business’s revenue was down 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.54 earnings per share. As a group, analysts anticipate that ACCO Brands will post 1.08 earnings per share for the current year.

ACCO Brands Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 5th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.075 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 9th. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.15%. ACCO Brands’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -187.49%.

Insider Transactions at ACCO Brands

In other news, EVP Roxanne M. Bernstein purchased 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 9th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $5.40 per share, for a total transaction of $27,000.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the executive vice president now directly owns 25,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $135,000. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Company insiders own 6.10% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ACCO. Medina Value Partners LLC acquired a new position in ACCO Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $8,970,000. AQR Capital Management LLC grew its position in ACCO Brands by 77.4% during the fourth quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 2,102,061 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $11,751,000 after buying an additional 916,973 shares during the period. Norges Bank acquired a new position in ACCO Brands during the fourth quarter worth about $4,803,000. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership grew its position in ACCO Brands by 69.6% during the first quarter. Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership now owns 1,295,907 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $10,367,000 after buying an additional 531,755 shares during the period. Finally, Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC grew its position in ACCO Brands by 9.8% during the third quarter. Allspring Global Investments Holdings LLC now owns 5,071,889 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $24,852,000 after buying an additional 451,298 shares during the period. 80.65% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About ACCO Brands

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ACCO Brands Corp. engages in the manufacture and marketing of office, school, calendar products, and select computer and electronic accessories. It operates through the followings segments: ACCO Brands North America, ACCO Brands EMEA, and ACCO Brands International. The ACCO Brands North America segment includes the U.S.

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