News coverage about Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Vulcan Materials earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the construction company an impact score of 45.9427724320361 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently issued reports on VMC shares. Jefferies Group set a $114.00 target price on shares of Vulcan Materials and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Citigroup restated a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 price target (down from $145.00) on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $154.00 price target on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Bank of America cut their price target on shares of Vulcan Materials from $130.00 to $128.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vulcan Materials presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $140.00.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE VMC) traded up $1.00 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $125.88. 1,343,771 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,040,015. Vulcan Materials has a 12 month low of $108.95 and a 12 month high of $136.82. The company has a market capitalization of $16,652.04, a P/E ratio of 42.38, a P/E/G ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a current ratio of 4.22, a quick ratio of 3.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The construction company reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.40 by ($0.36). Vulcan Materials had a return on equity of 8.71% and a net margin of 10.20%. The company had revenue of $1.09 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.07 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.01 earnings per share. Vulcan Materials’s quarterly revenue was up 8.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Vulcan Materials will post 3.04 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 8th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 22nd were paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.79%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 21st. Vulcan Materials’s dividend payout ratio is 34.97%.

In other Vulcan Materials news, insider Michael R. Mills sold 981 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.55, for a total transaction of $115,316.55. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 23,871 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,806,036.05. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.89% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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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