Viacom (VIA) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative 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 -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 46.8312169924676 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Several equities research analysts have commented on VIA shares. Loop Capital restated a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 price objective (down previously from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Citigroup lowered Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.00.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) traded up $3.45 during trading on Friday, reaching $39.10. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 191,468 shares, compared to its average volume of 44,960. Viacom has a 1-year low of $28.20 and a 1-year high of $49.00. The stock has a market cap of $15,728.25, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.37 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.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.05%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 17.13%.

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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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