Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) Share Price

Media headlines about Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Vulcan Materials earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the construction company an impact score of 45.9427724320361 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Vulcan Materials (NYSE VMC) opened at $128.37 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $16,981.36, a P/E ratio of 44.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 4.22 and a quick ratio of 3.34. Vulcan Materials has a 12-month low of $108.95 and a 12-month high of $136.82.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The construction company reported $1.04 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.40 by ($0.36). Vulcan Materials had a net margin of 10.20% and a return on equity of 8.71%. The business had revenue of $1.09 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.07 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.01 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Vulcan Materials will post 3.01 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 22nd were paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 21st. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.78%. Vulcan Materials’s payout ratio is presently 34.97%.

A number of research firms have weighed in on VMC. Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $144.00 price objective on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $154.00 target price on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Jefferies Group increased their price objective on shares of Vulcan Materials from $122.00 to $128.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Bank of America dropped their price objective on shares of Vulcan Materials from $130.00 to $128.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $145.00 price target on shares of Vulcan Materials and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $140.50.

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Vulcan Materials Company Profile

Vulcan Materials Company is a supplier of construction aggregates (primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel) and a producer of asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete. The Company operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete and Calcium. The Aggregates segment produces and sells aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates) and related products and services (transportation and other).

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