Investors bought shares of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) on weakness during trading on Thursday following a weaker than expected earnings announcement. $89.10 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $75.97 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $13.13 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Viacom had the 15th highest net in-flow for the day. Viacom traded down ($0.92) for the day and closed at $23.69The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by ($0.09). Viacom had a net margin of 11.04% and a return on equity of 30.89%. The company had revenue of $3.32 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.23 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.54 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.25%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 22.10%.

VIAB has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Cowen and Company reduced their price objective on Viacom from $41.00 to $31.00 in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. UBS AG cut their target price on Viacom from $50.00 to $45.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of Viacom in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 target price (down from $40.00) on shares of Viacom in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $38.00 target price on Viacom and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $38.85.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its holdings in Viacom by 7.0% in the 2nd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 193,788 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,507,000 after buying an additional 12,667 shares during the period. National Pension Service lifted its stake in Viacom by 10.1% in the 2nd quarter. National Pension Service now owns 350,454 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,038,000 after purchasing an additional 32,267 shares in the last quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. lifted its stake in Viacom by 1.3% in the 2nd quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 303,972 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,204,000 after purchasing an additional 3,969 shares in the last quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. lifted its stake in Viacom by 510.6% in the 2nd quarter. Mn Services Vermogensbeheer B.V. now owns 56,563 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,899,000 after purchasing an additional 47,299 shares in the last quarter. Finally, James Investment Research Inc. purchased a new stake in Viacom in the 2nd quarter worth $1,414,000. 78.75% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

The stock has a market cap of $9,820.00, a P/E ratio of 6.65, a P/E/G ratio of 0.84 and a beta of 1.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.03, a current ratio of 1.35 and a quick ratio of 1.11.

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About Viacom

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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