News headlines about Agrium (NYSE:AGU) (TSE:AGU) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Agrium earned a coverage optimism score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 43.1266180391906 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Agrium (NYSE:AGU) traded up $0.41 during trading on Friday, reaching $115.00. 833,843 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 323,664. Agrium has a 12-month low of $87.82 and a 12-month high of $117.28. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70, a current ratio of 1.29 and a quick ratio of 0.78. The firm has a market cap of $15,890.00, a P/E ratio of 29.49, a PEG ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.64.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 18th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a $0.875 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $3.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.04%. Agrium’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 89.74%.

Several analysts recently weighed in on AGU shares. TD Securities upgraded shares of Agrium from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $102.00 to $134.00 in a report on Thursday, September 28th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $100.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a report on Friday, October 6th. started coverage on shares of Agrium in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $126.50 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Agrium from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $123.00 target price on shares of Agrium in a report on Thursday, October 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $113.71.

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Agrium Company Profile

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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