Media headlines about Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Eagle Materials earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the construction company an impact score of 45.9514411562986 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of research firms have commented on EXP. Citigroup began coverage on shares of Eagle Materials in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Longbow Research upgraded shares of Eagle Materials from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, March 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Eagle Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, February 5th. Raymond James Financial began coverage on shares of Eagle Materials in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus dropped their price target on shares of Eagle Materials from $135.00 to $130.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Eagle Materials presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $135.00.
Shares of EXP stock traded up $0.96 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $102.31. 469,152 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 559,918. Eagle Materials has a 12 month low of $86.51 and a 12 month high of $122.49. The company has a market capitalization of $4,883.43, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.19. The company has a current ratio of 2.44, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 11th. Investors of record on Thursday, April 12th will be issued a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, April 11th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.39%. Eagle Materials’s payout ratio is currently 9.46%.
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Eagle Materials Company Profile
Eagle Materials Inc produces and sells construction products and building materials for use in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States. It also produces materials used for oil and natural gas extraction. The company operates in five segments: Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Gypsum Wallboard, Recycled Paperboard, and Oil and Gas Proppants.
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