Media stories about North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) (TSE:NOA) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. North American Construction Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.67 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the oil and gas company an news buzz score of 7 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

North American Construction Group stock traded down $0.51 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $11.09. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 7,697 shares, compared to its average volume of 128,256. The company has a current ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.17. North American Construction Group has a 12 month low of $5.35 and a 12 month high of $13.62. The stock has a market cap of $286.59 million, a PE ratio of 26.40 and a beta of 0.48.

North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) (TSE:NOA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 30th. The oil and gas company reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.36 by $0.03. North American Construction Group had a net margin of 2.34% and a return on equity of 12.32%. The firm had revenue of $140.21 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $161.58 million. On average, equities analysts predict that North American Construction Group will post 1.24 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 5th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 31st will be given a $0.0148 dividend. This represents a $0.06 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 30th. North American Construction Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 14.29%.

NOA has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of North American Construction Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of North American Construction Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 5th. National Bank Financial restated a “buy” rating on shares of North American Construction Group in a research note on Tuesday, April 2nd. CIBC began coverage on shares of North American Construction Group in a research note on Tuesday, April 16th. They set a “sector outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, Raymond James upgraded shares of North American Construction Group from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 13th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Strong Buy” and a consensus price target of $14.00.

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North American Construction Group Company Profile

North American Construction Group Ltd. engages in providing mining and heavy construction services. It offers their services to customers in the resource development and industrial construction sectors, primarily within Western Canada. The company focuses on supporting the construction and operation of surface mines, in the oil sands.

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