Media coverage about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.2973325623947 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Valvoline (VVV) traded up $0.12 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $25.05. The stock had a trading volume of 1,375,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,413,920. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.84, a current ratio of 1.65 and a quick ratio of 1.29. The stock has a market cap of $5,031.78, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 1.59. Valvoline has a 52-week low of $20.99 and a 52-week high of $25.63.

Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.34 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $547.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $528.14 million. Valvoline had a negative return on equity of 137.91% and a net margin of 14.59%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.35 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Valvoline will post 1.3 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a $0.0745 dividend. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.19%. This is a positive change from Valvoline’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. Valvoline’s dividend payout ratio is 20.13%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on VVV shares. ValuEngine lowered shares of Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of Valvoline in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Longbow Research boosted their target price on shares of Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Seaport Global Securities lowered shares of Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.88.

In other news, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total value of $104,473.02. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,192 shares in the company, valued at approximately $150,651.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Thomas A. Gerrald II sold 3,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.61, for a total value of $93,518.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 77 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,894.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.59% of the company’s stock.

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About Valvoline

Valvoline Inc (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers.

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