Viacom (VIA) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Press coverage about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Viacom earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 43.6644418115481 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Rosenblatt Securities restated a “sell” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of Viacom in a report on Tuesday. Loop Capital restated a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 target price (down previously from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, Citigroup lowered shares of Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 9th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three 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 $39.00.

Viacom (VIA) traded down $0.50 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $39.20. 29,315 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 63,108. The firm has a market capitalization of $13,700.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.41 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a current ratio of 1.55, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81. Viacom has a 1-year low of $28.20 and a 1-year high of $49.00.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. Viacom had a net margin of 14.13% and a return on equity of 28.95%.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.04%. Viacom’s payout ratio is 17.17%.

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Viacom Company Profile

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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