Venator Materials PLC (NYSE:VNTR) was the recipient of a significant decline in short interest in December. As of December 13th, there was short interest totalling 1,100,000 shares, a decline of 11.3% from the November 28th total of 1,240,000 shares. Currently, 2.0% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 461,400 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.4 days.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. FNY Investment Advisers LLC purchased a new position in shares of Venator Materials in the 3rd quarter valued at about $67,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its holdings in shares of Venator Materials by 1,172.1% in the 2nd quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 14,883 shares of the company’s stock valued at $79,000 after acquiring an additional 13,713 shares during the last quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL increased its holdings in shares of Venator Materials by 32.4% in the 3rd quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL now owns 34,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $84,000 after acquiring an additional 8,400 shares during the last quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC grew its stake in Venator Materials by 178.4% during the 3rd quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 41,288 shares of the company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 26,456 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ancora Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Venator Materials during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $122,000. 40.17% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.



Shares of Venator Materials stock traded down $0.15 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $3.48. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 217,837 shares, compared to its average volume of 274,586. Venator Materials has a twelve month low of $1.85 and a twelve month high of $7.24. The firm has a fifty day moving average of $3.67 and a 200-day moving average of $3.27. The stock has a market cap of $386.23 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -5.27, a P/E/G ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 2.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.91, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 2.36.

Several analysts recently commented on VNTR shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Venator Materials from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. BMO Capital Markets set a $6.00 price target on Venator Materials in a research report on Thursday, December 12th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Venator Materials from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $4.00 to $6.00 in a research report on Monday, November 18th. ValuEngine upgraded Venator Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, UBS Group cut Venator Materials from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $3.75 price target for the company. in a research report on Friday, November 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $4.68.

Venator Materials PLC manufactures and markets chemical products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Titanium Dioxide and Performance Additives. The Titanium Dioxide segment offers titanium dioxide (TiO2), such as rutile, anatase, and nano TiO2 products for use in coatings, plastics, paper, printing inks, fibers, and food and personal care products.

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