Media coverage about BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BCE earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.182612267945 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.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of BCE (NYSE BCE) traded down $0.43 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $48.39. 539,800 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 859,593. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 0.51 and a quick ratio of 0.47. The stock has a market cap of $43,550.00, a PE ratio of 18.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.27 and a beta of 0.35. BCE has a 52-week low of $42.44 and a 52-week high of $48.87.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be given a dividend of $0.558 per share. This represents a $2.23 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. BCE’s dividend payout ratio is 90.91%.

Several brokerages have commented on BCE. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of BCE from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of BCE in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded shares of BCE from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of BCE from $60.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Barclays boosted their price target on shares of BCE from $47.00 to $51.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $56.50.

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About BCE

BCE Inc is a communications company. The Company’s segments include Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline and Bell Media. Its Bell Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications products and services to its residential, small and medium-sized business and large enterprise customers across Canada.

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