News stories about James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. James Hardie Industries earned a media sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.993051237577 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Several brokerages have commented on JHX. BidaskClub raised shares of James Hardie Industries from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 19th. Citigroup raised shares of James Hardie Industries from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of James Hardie Industries from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st.

Shares of James Hardie Industries (NYSE JHX) traded up $0.28 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $16.91. 9,090 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 21,866. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.39, a quick ratio of 1.13 and a current ratio of 1.74. James Hardie Industries has a 1 year low of $13.55 and a 1 year high of $17.28. The company has a market cap of $7,340.00, a P/E ratio of 10.89 and a beta of 1.08.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be issued a $0.10 dividend. This represents a yield of 1.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. James Hardie Industries’s payout ratio is 50.00%.

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James Hardie Industries Company Profile

James Hardie Industries Plc is a manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The Company’s operating segments are North America and Europe Fiber Cement, and Asia Pacific Fiber Cement.

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