Agrium (AGU) Earns Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.07

Press coverage about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.7727945510951 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Agrium (NYSE:AGU) traded down $1.62 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $104.60. The stock had a trading volume of 328,278 shares, compared to its average volume of 410,554. The company has a quick ratio of 0.78, a current ratio of 1.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,740.75, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.64, a PEG ratio of 2.60 and a beta of 0.64. Agrium has a fifty-two week low of $87.82 and a fifty-two week high of $111.88.

Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The basic materials company reported ($0.23) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by ($0.22). The firm had revenue of $2.38 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.29 billion. Agrium had a net margin of 2.64% and a return on equity of 9.62%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted ($0.12) earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Agrium will post 4.57 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on AGU shares. Cowen restated a “buy” rating and set a $109.00 price objective on shares of Agrium in a research note on Sunday, November 5th. Royal Bank Of Canada upped their price objective on Agrium from $110.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. J P Morgan Chase & Co decreased their price objective on Agrium from $100.00 to $95.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, November 24th. OTR Global upgraded Agrium to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $100.00 price objective on shares of Agrium in a research note on Friday, October 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Agrium currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $114.19.

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About Agrium

Agrium Inc is a retailer of agricultural products and services in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay and a multi-national producer and wholesale marketer of nutrients for agricultural and industrial markets. The Company’s segments include Retail and Wholesale. As of December 31, 2016, its Retail business unit marketed crop nutrients, crop protection products, seed, merchandise, application and other agronomic services through 1,500 retail locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.

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