Visa (V) Given Media Sentiment Score of 0.12

News articles about Visa (NYSE:V) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Visa earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the credit-card processor an impact score of 44.2118272881364 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

V has been the subject of several recent research reports. Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and set a $136.00 price target on shares of Visa in a report on Friday. Nomura dropped their price objective on Visa from $148.00 to $146.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Friday. Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their target price on Visa from $158.00 to $164.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 target price on shares of Visa in a research report on Friday. Finally, Vetr upgraded Visa from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $126.37 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirty-one have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $133.85.

Visa (V) opened at $116.27 on Tuesday. Visa has a 52 week low of $84.88 and a 52 week high of $126.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 2.07 and a current ratio of 2.07. The firm has a market capitalization of $250,482.14, a PE ratio of 32.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.01.

Visa (NYSE:V) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The credit-card processor reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.10. Visa had a return on equity of 32.97% and a net margin of 38.12%. The firm had revenue of $4.86 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.82 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.86 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Visa will post 4.28 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Visa announced that its board has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, February 1st that permits the company to repurchase $7.50 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the credit-card processor to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are often an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 6th. Investors of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued a $0.21 dividend. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.72%. This is a boost from Visa’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. Visa’s payout ratio is presently 25.91%.

In other news, SVP James H. Hoffmeister sold 2,146 shares of Visa stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $112.09, for a total transaction of $240,545.14. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 687 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $77,005.83. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Robert W. Matschullat sold 6,220 shares of Visa stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.76, for a total transaction of $707,587.20. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 57,368 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,526,183.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 58,068 shares of company stock worth $6,597,262. Insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

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About Visa

Visa Inc (Visa) is a payments technology company that connects consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners and government entities to electronic payments. The Company operates through payment services segment. The Company enables global commerce through the transfer of value and information among the participants.

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