News headlines about Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Martin Marietta Materials earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the construction company an impact score of 46.6261765929502 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Shares of Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) traded up $0.34 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $226.98. The stock had a trading volume of 493,409 shares, compared to its average volume of 628,165. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,270.00, a PE ratio of 33.09, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.12. The company has a current ratio of 2.73, a quick ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38. Martin Marietta Materials has a 12 month low of $191.09 and a 12 month high of $244.32.

Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) last issued its quarterly 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). The company had revenue of $1.02 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.07 billion. Martin Marietta Materials had a net margin of 11.03% and a return on equity of 10.39%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $2.49 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Martin Marietta Materials will post 6.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.78%. Martin Marietta Materials’s payout ratio is 25.66%.

MLM has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $260.00 target price (down previously from $270.00) on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Monday, October 9th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $240.00 target price on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Bank of America lowered their target price on Martin Marietta Materials from $233.00 to $229.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, October 19th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $228.00 target price on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, DA Davidson reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $225.00 target price on shares of Martin Marietta Materials in a report on Friday, November 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Martin Marietta Materials presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $240.50.

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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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