Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact James Hardie Industries (JHX) Share Price

News stories about James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog 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. James Hardie Industries earned a daily sentiment score of 0.47 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.3321324407385 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of James Hardie Industries stock traded up $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $17.28. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 6,075 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,596. The company has a market capitalization of $7,629.53, a PE ratio of 11.60 and a beta of 1.10. James Hardie Industries has a 12 month low of $13.55 and a 12 month high of $18.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -4.87, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 1.76.

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James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The construction company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The company had revenue of $495.10 million during the quarter. James Hardie Industries had a negative return on equity of 116.69% and a net margin of 12.27%.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on JHX. Credit Suisse Group raised James Hardie Industries from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, March 12th. ValuEngine raised James Hardie Industries from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy”.

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James Hardie Industries Company Profile

James Hardie Industries plc, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells fiber cement products. It operates through four segments: North America Fiber Cement, International Fiber Cement, Other Business, and Research and Development. The company offers fiber cement interior linings, fiberglass windows, exterior siding products, and related accessories products.

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