News coverage about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a daily sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 43.0735978015581 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Agrium (AGU) remained flat at $$115.00 during midday trading on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,890.00, a P/E ratio of 29.49, a P/E/G ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a quick ratio of 0.78, a current ratio of 1.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. Agrium has a one year low of $87.82 and a one year high of $117.28.

Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The basic materials company reported ($0.23) EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.01) by ($0.22). The company had revenue of $2.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.29 billion. Agrium had a negative return on equity of 4.44% and a negative net margin of 2.90%. Agrium’s revenue was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.12) EPS. equities research analysts expect that Agrium will post 4.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 18th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were issued a $0.875 dividend. This represents a $3.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. Agrium’s payout ratio is presently 89.74%.

AGU has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. TD Securities raised shares of Agrium from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $102.00 to $134.00 in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and set a $109.00 price target on shares of Agrium in a research report on Sunday, November 5th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $123.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, began coverage on shares of Agrium in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $126.50 target price for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $113.71.

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Agrium Company Profile

Agrium Inc is a Canada-based global producer and distributor of agricultural products, services and solutions. The Company produces nitrogen, potash and phosphate fertilizers, with a combined wholesale nutrient capacity of approximately 11 million tones. Agrium Inc supplies main products and services directly to growers, including crop nutrients, crop protection, seed, as well as agronomic and application services.

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