MDU Resources Group (MDU) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

News stories about MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 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. MDU Resources Group earned a news impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 75 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Shares of MDU Resources Group (NYSE MDU) traded up 1.06% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $25.74. 207,636 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 66.00 and a beta of 0.92. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $26.89 and a 200-day moving average price of $27.40. MDU Resources Group has a 1-year low of $22.47 and a 1-year high of $29.92.

MDU Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The utilities provider reported $0.18 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.01. MDU Resources Group had a net margin of 1.83% and a return on equity of 10.47%. The company had revenue of $937.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $921.39 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.17 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that MDU Resources Group will post $1.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Saturday, July 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 8th were given a dividend of $0.1925 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 6th. This represents a $0.77 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.02%. MDU Resources Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 202.64%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded MDU Resources Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday.

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About MDU Resources Group

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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