Media headlines about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) have been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MDU Resources Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.34 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9135190879479 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Form 4 MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC For: Mar 13 Filed by: Barth Stephanie A (streetinsider.com)
- Stephanie A. Barth Buys 377 Shares of MDU Resources Group Inc (MDU) Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- MDU Resources celebrates milestones – Bismarck Tribune (bismarcktribune.com)
- ND’s MDU Resources celebrates milestones – WDAY (wday.com)
- Traders Alert on MDU Resources Group, Inc. (MDU) – Wall Street Morning (wallstreetmorning.com)
Several research analysts have weighed in on the company. Williams Capital lowered their price objective on MDU Resources Group from $30.00 to $28.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 8th. ValuEngine upgraded MDU Resources Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $29.50 price objective on shares of MDU Resources Group in a research report on Friday, December 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded MDU Resources Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $29.17.
MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The utilities provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.32 by $0.07. MDU Resources Group had a return on equity of 10.46% and a net margin of 6.33%. The company had revenue of $1.17 billion for the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.33 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that MDU Resources Group will post 1.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Sunday, April 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, March 8th will be given a $0.1975 dividend. This represents a $0.79 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.92%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 7th. MDU Resources Group’s payout ratio is currently 54.48%.
MDU Resources Group Company Profile
MDU Resources Group, Inc is engaged in regulated energy delivery and construction materials and services business. The Company’s businesses segments are electric, natural gas distribution, pipeline and midstream, construction materials and contracting, and construction services. The electric segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity.
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