Media stories about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.2973325623947 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Valvoline: Breaking Out Higher – Seeking Alpha (seekingalpha.com)
- Valvoline Announces Opening of New Quick-Lube Center in Savannah Area (finance.yahoo.com)
- Valvoline Announces Opening of New Quick-Lube Center in Portland (finance.yahoo.com)
- Valvoline Inc. (VVV): Ownership and Basic Trading Data – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- Valvoline Inc. (NYSE:VVV) – Is The Stock Undervalued? – Nasdaq Journal (press release) (nasdaqjournal.com)
Shares of Valvoline (NYSE VVV) traded up $0.12 on Monday, hitting $25.05. The stock had a trading volume of 1,375,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,413,920. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.84, a quick ratio of 1.29 and a current ratio of 1.65. Valvoline has a 12-month low of $20.99 and a 12-month high of $25.63. The company has a market cap of $5,031.78, a PE ratio of 16.81, a P/E/G ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 1.59.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were given a $0.0745 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This is a boost from Valvoline’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.19%. Valvoline’s dividend payout ratio is 20.13%.
A number of analysts have recently commented on VVV shares. ValuEngine cut Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 14th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Valvoline in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Longbow Research boosted their price target on Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Seaport Global Securities cut Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.88.
In related news, SVP Thomas A. Gerrald II sold 3,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.61, for a total value of $93,518.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 77 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,894.97. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total value of $104,473.02. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 6,192 shares in the company, valued at $150,651.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.59% of the company’s stock.
Valvoline Inc (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers.
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