MDU Resources Group (MDU) Receiving Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) have been trending positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MDU Resources Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.45 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0861502730089 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of analysts have recently commented on MDU shares. ValuEngine raised shares of MDU Resources Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of MDU Resources Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. MDU Resources Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $29.17.

MDU stock opened at $28.60 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $5.59 billion, a PE ratio of 22.88, a P/E/G ratio of 3.18 and a beta of 0.68. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67, a current ratio of 1.36 and a quick ratio of 1.02. MDU Resources Group has a 52 week low of $24.29 and a 52 week high of $29.28.

MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $976.30 million during the quarter. MDU Resources Group had a net margin of 6.39% and a return on equity of 10.59%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.18 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that MDU Resources Group will post 1.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Sunday, July 1st. Investors of record on Thursday, June 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.1975 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.79 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.76%. MDU Resources Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 63.20%.

MDU Resources Group Company Profile

MDU Resources Group, Inc engages in regulated energy delivery, and construction materials and services businesses in the United States. The company operates through five segments: Electric, Natural Gas Distribution, Pipeline and Midstream, Construction Materials and Contracting, and Construction Services.

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