Vodafone (VOD) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

Headlines about Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vodafone earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the cell phone carrier an impact score of 45.6575536399719 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

VOD traded up $0.40 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $26.94. The company had a trading volume of 5,456,199 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,555,797. The company has a market cap of $70.45 billion, a PE ratio of 19.81, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.81. Vodafone has a 52 week low of $26.22 and a 52 week high of $32.75. The company has a quick ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48.

The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 3rd. Investors of record on Friday, June 8th will be given a $1.2237 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 7th. This is an increase from Vodafone’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.56. This represents a yield of 9.2%. Vodafone’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 127.21%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Vodafone from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Sunday. Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone in a research report on Wednesday, May 16th. Citigroup downgraded Vodafone from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 17th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Vodafone from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded Vodafone from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $31.76.

About Vodafone

Vodafone Group Plc operates as a telecommunications company worldwide. The company offers voice, messaging, and data services across mobile and fixed networks; broadband and TV services; cloud and hosting for storing data and applications in the cloud, as well as Internet protocol-virtual private network services; roaming services; and converged communication services to small businesses and large multinational companies.

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