Headlines about Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. 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 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the construction company an impact score of 47.6083305135259 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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Vulcan Materials opened at $131.16 on Wednesday, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm has a market cap of $17.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a current ratio of 1.73, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56. Vulcan Materials has a 52-week low of $108.17 and a 52-week high of $141.20.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 3rd. The construction company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.22. The company had revenue of $854.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $817.85 million. Vulcan Materials had a net margin of 15.40% and a return on equity of 8.76%. Vulcan Materials’s revenue was up 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.34 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Vulcan Materials will post 4.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 24th were paid a dividend of $0.28 per share. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.85%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 23rd. Vulcan Materials’s payout ratio is 36.84%.

Several research firms have recently commented on VMC. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Vulcan Materials from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 7th. Stephens set a $137.00 target price on shares of Vulcan Materials and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, April 13th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Vulcan Materials from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Jefferies Financial Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $129.00 target price on shares of Vulcan Materials in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Finally, Bank of America raised shares of Vulcan Materials from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $134.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $141.13.

In related news, insider Stanley G. Bass sold 4,109 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.00, for a total transaction of $534,170.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 31,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,103,970. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP John R. Mcpherson sold 21,618 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $130.37, for a total transaction of $2,818,338.66. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 102,610 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,377,265.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 49,001 shares of company stock worth $6,278,803. 0.81% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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