Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Vulcan Materials (VMC) Stock Price

Media headlines about Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) have been trending somewhat 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. Vulcan Materials earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the construction company an impact score of 45.6409438356216 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:

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VMC has been the topic of several recent research reports. Citigroup reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $144.00 price objective on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut Vulcan Materials from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Stephens reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $158.00 price objective on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Bank of America increased their price objective on Vulcan Materials from $129.00 to $139.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $135.00 price target on shares of Vulcan Materials in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $142.78.

Shares of NYSE VMC traded up $0.61 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $118.38. The company had a trading volume of 2,103,009 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,476,445. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 1.80 and a current ratio of 2.66. Vulcan Materials has a one year low of $109.96 and a one year high of $141.20. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,201.03, a P/E ratio of 38.94, a PEG ratio of 1.26 and a beta of 0.98.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, February 16th. The construction company reported $0.74 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.02. Vulcan Materials had a return on equity of 8.68% and a net margin of 15.45%. The company had revenue of $977.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $929.36 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.69 earnings per share. Vulcan Materials’s revenue was up 12.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Vulcan Materials will post 4.35 earnings per share for the current year.

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About Vulcan Materials

Vulcan Materials Company produces and supplies construction aggregates, asphalt mix, and ready-mixed concrete primarily in the United States. It operates through four segments: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, and Calcium. The Aggregates segment provides crushed stone, sand and gravel, sand, and other aggregates; and related products and services for use in the construction and maintenance of highways, streets, and other public works, as well as in the construction of housing and commercial, industrial, and other nonresidential facilities.

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