Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Agrium (NYSE:AGU) Share Price

News coverage about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a daily sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.7306668080336 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Agrium (NYSE:AGU) traded down 0.08% on Friday, hitting $98.36. 336,360 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $13.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.73 and a beta of 0.62. Agrium has a 52 week low of $87.78 and a 52 week high of $111.88. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $96.77 and its 200 day moving average is $96.09.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 29th will be paid a $0.875 dividend. This represents a $3.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.56%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 28th. Agrium’s dividend payout ratio is currently 84.34%.

AGU has been the subject of several analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $116.00 price objective (up previously from $107.00) on shares of Agrium in a research note on Friday. TD Securities lifted their price objective on shares of Agrium from $99.00 to $102.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $110.00 price objective on shares of Agrium and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Cowen and Company set a $99.00 price objective on shares of Agrium and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Scotiabank raised shares of Agrium from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $110.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $103.86.

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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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