Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect PLDT (PHI) Share Price

News headlines about PLDT (NYSE:PHI) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. PLDT earned a daily sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the technology company an impact score of 45.4363858729083 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

PHI has been the subject of several analyst reports. CLSA upgraded shares of PLDT from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 24th. Macquarie upgraded shares of PLDT from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, May 26th. TheStreet upgraded shares of PLDT from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Monday, June 5th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of PLDT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of PLDT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $39.00.

PLDT (NYSE PHI) opened at 32.22 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $33.42 and its 200-day moving average is $33.77. The company has a market capitalization of $6.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.90 and a beta of 1.00. PLDT has a 1-year low of $25.50 and a 1-year high of $38.54.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 18th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 24th will be given a $0.9411 dividend. This is a positive change from PLDT’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.56. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 22nd. This represents a dividend yield of 5.57%. PLDT’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 66.08%.

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PLDT Company Profile

PLDT, Inc, formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks.

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