Agrium (AGU) Earns Daily News Impact Rating of 0.17

Headlines about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 44.1973613419328 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Agrium (AGU) opened at $115.00 on Friday. Agrium has a twelve month low of $87.82 and a twelve month high of $117.28. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,890.00, a PE ratio of 29.49, a PEG 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 (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The basic materials company reported ($0.23) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by ($0.22). Agrium had a return on equity of 9.62% and a net margin of 2.64%. The firm had revenue of $2.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.29 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.12) EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Agrium will post 4.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 18th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.875 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $3.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.04%. Agrium’s payout ratio is currently 89.74%.

Several analysts have weighed in on AGU shares. TD Securities upgraded shares of Agrium from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their target price for the company from $102.00 to $134.00 in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $109.00 price objective on shares of Agrium in a report on Sunday, November 5th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 price objective on shares of Agrium in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 price objective on shares of Agrium in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, initiated coverage on shares of Agrium in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $126.50 price target for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Agrium has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $113.71.

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Agrium Company Profile

Agrium Inc is a retailer of agricultural products and services in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay and a multi-national producer and wholesale marketer of nutrients for agricultural and industrial markets. The Company’s segments include Retail and Wholesale. As of December 31, 2016, its Retail business unit marketed crop nutrients, crop protection products, seed, merchandise, application and other agronomic services through 1,500 retail locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

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