Media stories about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.5774049541973 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
VVV has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Valvoline from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of Valvoline from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Seaport Global Securities lowered shares of Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 price target on shares of Valvoline in a report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Longbow Research boosted their price target on shares of Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Valvoline has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.71.
Valvoline (NYSE VVV) traded down $0.52 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $24.15. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,821,981 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,147,293. The company has a current ratio of 1.65, a quick ratio of 1.29 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.84. The firm has a market cap of $4,874.34, a P/E ratio of 16.21, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.84. Valvoline has a 12-month low of $20.99 and a 12-month high of $25.63.
Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $547.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $528.14 million. Valvoline had a net margin of 14.59% and a negative return on equity of 137.91%. Valvoline’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.35 EPS. research analysts forecast that Valvoline will post 1.3 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be paid a $0.0745 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.23%. Valvoline’s payout ratio is 20.13%.
In other Valvoline 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 transaction of $93,518.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 77 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,894.97. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of the 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 sale, the insider now directly owns 6,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $150,651.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.07% of the company’s stock.
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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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