Media stories about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) have trended positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MDU Resources Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.39 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.9795904524402 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several research firms recently issued reports on MDU. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of MDU Resources Group in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised MDU Resources Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th.

MDU Resources Group (MDU) opened at $26.08 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 1.01. MDU Resources Group has a 12-month low of $25.14 and a 12-month high of $29.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,090.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.73, a P/E/G ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 0.92.

MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.03). MDU Resources Group had a net margin of 7.04% and a return on equity of 15.43%. The firm had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.45 earnings per share. research analysts predict that MDU Resources Group will post 1.19 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, December 14th were given a $0.1975 dividend. This represents a $0.79 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.03%. This is an increase from MDU Resources Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 13th. MDU Resources Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 65.83%.

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MDU Resources Group Company Profile

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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