Agrium (AGU) Receives Media Sentiment Rating of 0.22

News headlines about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Agrium (NYSE:AGU) opened at 91.10 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $91.82 and its 200-day moving average price is $98.00. The firm has a market cap of $12.59 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.71 and a beta of 0.83. Agrium has a 12 month low of $87.62 and a 12 month high of $111.88.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 30th will be given a dividend of $0.875 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 28th. This represents a $3.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.84%. Agrium’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 81.21%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Scotiabank reiterated a “sector perform” rating and set a $110.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Credit Suisse Group AG set a $100.00 target price on Agrium and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 11th. Citigroup Inc lowered their target price on Agrium from $104.00 to $100.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a research note on Wednesday, April 5th. Finally, TD Securities set a $99.00 target price on Agrium and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $103.92.

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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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