James Hardie Industries (JHX) Receives Media Impact Rating of 0.14

News stories about James Hardie Industries (NYSE:JHX) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. James Hardie Industries earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.626044083059 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of James Hardie Industries (JHX) traded down $0.03 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $17.47. 13,600 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 21,788. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,726.67, a P/E ratio of 11.57 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a quick ratio of 1.13, a current ratio of 1.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -3.39. James Hardie Industries has a fifty-two week low of $13.55 and a fifty-two week high of $17.50.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be paid a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 12th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.28%. James Hardie Industries’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 18.54%.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of James Hardie Industries from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Citigroup upgraded shares of James Hardie Industries from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th.

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About James Hardie Industries

James Hardie Industries Plc is a manufacturer of fiber cement products and systems for internal and external building construction applications in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. The Company’s operating segments are North America and Europe Fiber Cement, and Asia Pacific Fiber Cement.

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