Media headlines about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a news sentiment 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, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
Shares of Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) traded up $0.23 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $25.23. The stock had a trading volume of 1,384,898 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,339,562. Valvoline has a 12-month low of $20.99 and a 12-month high of $25.63. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,070.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.93. The company has a quick ratio of 1.29, a current ratio of 1.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.84.
Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by ($0.01). Valvoline had a net margin of 14.59% and a negative return on equity of 137.91%. The firm had revenue of $547.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $528.14 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.35 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Valvoline will post 1.3 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were given a dividend of $0.0745 per share. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.18%. This is an increase from Valvoline’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Valvoline’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 20.13%.
VVV has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Valvoline from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Morgan Stanley increased their target price on Valvoline from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Seaport Global Securities lowered Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Longbow Research increased their target price on Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective on shares of Valvoline in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Valvoline currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.88.
In other news, SVP Thomas A. Gerrald II sold 3,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.61, for a total transaction of $93,518.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 77 shares in the company, valued at $1,894.97. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of Valvoline stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total value of $104,473.02. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 6,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $150,651.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.59% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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Valvoline Company Profile
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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