News articles about Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Vulcan Materials earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.6854052275667 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Shares of VMC stock traded up $0.67 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $114.81. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,043,386 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,480,612. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 2.66 and a quick ratio of 1.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,222.23, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.74, a P/E/G ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 0.95. Vulcan Materials has a fifty-two week low of $108.95 and a fifty-two week high of $141.20.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 16th. The construction company reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $977.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $929.36 million. Vulcan Materials had a return on equity of 8.68% and a net margin of 15.45%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.69 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Vulcan Materials will post 4.4 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 23rd were given a dividend of $0.28 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.98%. This is a positive change from Vulcan Materials’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. Vulcan Materials’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 25.11%.

VMC has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Citigroup reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $144.00 price target on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. SunTrust Banks set a $145.00 price target on Vulcan Materials and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, December 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised Vulcan Materials from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Bank of America raised their price target on Vulcan Materials from $129.00 to $139.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Barclays initiated coverage on Vulcan Materials in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $135.00 price target for the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $145.11.

In other Vulcan Materials news, insider Michael R. Mills sold 4,659 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.25, for a total transaction of $620,811.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 45,351 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,043,020.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Michael R. Mills sold 3,738 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.56, for a total value of $502,985.28. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 44,581 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,998,819.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

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Vulcan Materials Company Profile

Vulcan Materials Company is a supplier of construction aggregates (primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel) and a producer of asphalt mix and ready-mixed concrete. The Company operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt Mix, Concrete and Calcium. The Aggregates segment produces and sells aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates) and related products and services (transportation and other).

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