Media stories about Sasol (NYSE:SSL) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sasol earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the oil and gas company an impact score of 47.4198063438349 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Citigroup raised shares of Sasol from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Sasol from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Sasol from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $34.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, November 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Sasol has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $34.00.

Sasol (NYSE SSL) traded up $0.05 on Friday, reaching $33.83. 206,935 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 303,209. Sasol has a 52-week low of $26.92 and a 52-week high of $38.75. The company has a quick ratio of 1.20, a current ratio of 1.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36. The company has a market cap of $22,220.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 9.54 and a beta of 0.93.

The firm also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.4268 per share. This represents a yield of 3.56%. This is a positive change from Sasol’s previous special dividend of $0.08. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 15th. Sasol’s payout ratio is presently 29.02%.

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About Sasol

Sasol Limited is an international integrated chemicals and energy company. The Company develops and commercializes technologies, and builds and operates facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. The Company’s operating business units include Mining and, Exploration and Production International.

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