Media stories about Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Martin Marietta Materials earned a daily sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the construction company an impact score of 46.6118098732495 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating and set a $260.00 price target (down from $270.00) on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Monday, October 9th. Jefferies Group set a $166.00 price target on shares of Martin Marietta Materials and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, August 21st. Barclays assumed coverage on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $227.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Martin Marietta Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and set a $228.00 price target on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Friday, October 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $240.50.

Shares of Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE MLM) traded down $3.96 on Tuesday, reaching $203.67. 639,767 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 638,921. The company has a quick ratio of 1.50, a current ratio of 2.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38. Martin Marietta Materials has a one year low of $191.09 and a one year high of $244.32. The firm has a market capitalization of $12,845.36, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.79, a P/E/G ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.12.

Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The construction company reported $2.39 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.45 by ($0.06). Martin Marietta Materials had a return on equity of 10.39% and a net margin of 11.03%. The company had revenue of $1.02 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.07 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.49 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Martin Marietta Materials will post 6.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st will be given a dividend of $0.44 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.86%. Martin Marietta Materials’s payout ratio is currently 25.66%.

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About Martin Marietta Materials

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc is a supplier of aggregates products (crushed stone, sand, and gravel) used for the construction of infrastructure, nonresidential, and residential projects. Aggregates products are also used for railroad ballast and in agricultural, utility and environmental applications.

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