Media coverage about Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Crh Plc earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave headlines about the construction company an impact score of 90 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Shares of Crh Plc (NYSE:CRH) traded up 0.94% on Thursday, reaching $37.45. 918,027 shares of the company traded hands. The company has a market capitalization of $31.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.45 and a beta of 1.19. Crh Plc has a one year low of $25.82 and a one year high of $37.54. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $35.10 and its 200 day moving average is $34.28.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 12th. Investors of record on Monday, March 13th will be paid a $0.483 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 9th. This is a positive change from Crh Plc’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.20. This represents a yield of 2.77%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on CRH shares. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Crh Plc in a research note on Thursday, January 19th. Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Crh Plc from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Crh Plc from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 17th. Finally, Bank of America Corp upgraded shares of Crh Plc from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, April 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.00.

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About Crh Plc

CRH public limited company (CRH plc) is a building materials company. The Company’s segments include Europe Heavyside, Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution, Americas Materials, Americas Products, Americas Distribution and Asia. Europe Heavyside segment is engaged in the manufacturing and supply of aggregates, asphalt, cement, readymixed and precast concrete and landscaping products.

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