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Here's Why You Should Hold Crane Holdings (CR) Stock for Now

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Crane Holdings Co. (CR - Free Report) is well-poised to gain from its diverse end markets, including general industrial, chemical and pharmaceutical markets despite pandemic impacts, inflationary pressures and supply-chain issues. Also, CR’s improving order trends, investment in technology, efforts to develop products and focus on commercial excellence will likely boost its performance in the quarters ahead.

CR’s Payment & Merchandising Technologies segment will likely benefit from strength across crane-payment innovations. Its robust commercial aerospace and commercial aftermarket businesses are anticipated to boost the Aerospace & Electronics segment. The Engineered Materials segment is expected to do well on broad-based strength across the end markets, including RV and building materials.

Crane Holdings divested Redco Corporation in August 2022. This divestment allows CR to focus more on its core business areas. Also, by removing all asbestos-related liabilities and obligations from CR’s balance sheet, the transaction will increase its annual free cash flow, aiding in long-term value creation for its stakeholders.

CR’s measures to reward its shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks are noteworthy. In the first nine months of 2022, Crane Holdings paid out dividends worth $79.5 million and repurchased shares of $203.7 million. The board also announced a 9% hike in its quarterly dividend rate in January 2022.

Considering the above-mentioned tailwinds, we believe, investors should retain Crane Holdings’ stock for now, as is suggested by its current Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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