News stories about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) have trended positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 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. MDU Resources Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9721845537678 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on MDU. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $28.00 price objective on shares of MDU Resources Group in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded MDU Resources Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $30.75.

Shares of MDU Resources Group (NYSE MDU) traded down $0.15 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $27.50. The company had a trading volume of 561,154 shares, compared to its average volume of 846,465. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68. MDU Resources Group has a one year low of $25.14 and a one year high of $29.92. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,472.43, a P/E ratio of 23.55, a PEG ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.91.

MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.03). MDU Resources Group had a return on equity of 10.20% and a net margin of 5.39%. The business had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.45 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that MDU Resources Group will post 1.19 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 14th will be given a dividend of $0.1975 per share. This is an increase from MDU Resources Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 13th. This represents a $0.79 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.87%. MDU Resources Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 65.25%.

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About MDU Resources Group

MDU Resources Group, Inc is engaged in regulated energy delivery and construction materials and services business. The Company’s businesses segments are electric, natural gas distribution, pipeline and midstream, construction materials and contracting, and construction services. The electric segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity.

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