MDU Resources Group (MDU) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.38

Media coverage about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) has been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. MDU Resources Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.38 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.3934237201456 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

A number of brokerages have commented on MDU. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $28.00 target price on shares of MDU Resources Group in a report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of MDU Resources Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th.

Shares of MDU Resources Group (MDU) traded up $0.35 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $26.25. 939,724 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 756,691. The company has a market capitalization of $5,080.00, a P/E ratio of 21.88, a PEG ratio of 2.52 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 1.01. MDU Resources Group has a fifty-two week low of $25.14 and a fifty-two week high of $29.74.

MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.46 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $1.27 billion during the quarter. MDU Resources Group had a return on equity of 10.20% and a net margin of 5.39%. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.45 EPS. equities research analysts predict that MDU Resources Group will post 1.19 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 14th were issued a dividend of $0.1975 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 13th. This represents a $0.79 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.01%. This is an increase from MDU Resources Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. MDU Resources Group’s dividend payout ratio is 65.83%.

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MDU Resources Group Company Profile

MDU Resources Group, Inc is engaged in regulated energy delivery and construction materials and services business. The Company’s businesses segments are electric, natural gas distribution, pipeline and midstream, construction materials and contracting, and construction services. The electric segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity.

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