Telefonica Brasil (VIV) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Shows

News headlines about Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Telefonica Brasil earned a daily sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 45.5126189719811 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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Shares of VIV traded down $0.25 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $14.82. The company had a trading volume of 1,685,160 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,184,926. The firm has a market cap of $25,448.62, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.44, a PEG ratio of 1.17 and a beta of 1.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08. Telefonica Brasil has a one year low of $13.06 and a one year high of $17.33.

Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st. The Wireless communications provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $3.40 billion during the quarter. Telefonica Brasil had a return on equity of 6.60% and a net margin of 10.65%. equities research analysts forecast that Telefonica Brasil will post 1.02 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared an annual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 16th will be given a $0.384 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 13th. Telefonica Brasil’s payout ratio is 101.18%.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on VIV shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Telefonica Brasil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 target price for the company in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $16.00 target price on Telefonica Brasil and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 23rd. Santander cut Telefonica Brasil from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Credit Suisse Group lowered Telefonica Brasil from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Finally, Goldman Sachs initiated coverage on Telefonica Brasil in a research report on Tuesday, April 3rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $18.00 price target for the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Telefonica Brasil currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $17.00.

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About Telefonica Brasil

Telefônica Brasil SA provides mobile and fixed line telecommunications services to residential and corporate customers in Brazil. Its fixed line services portfolio includes local, domestic long-distance, and international long-distance calls; and mobile portfolio comprises voice and broadband Internet access through 3G and 4G, as well as mobile value-added services and wireless roaming services.

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