Media coverage about Shaw Communications (NYSE:SJR) (TSE:SJR.B) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Shaw Communications earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 45.0626809033417 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

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Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on SJR shares. Bank of America reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Shaw Communications in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Canaccord Genuity set a $28.00 price target on Shaw Communications and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Shaw Communications from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, TD Securities upgraded Shaw Communications to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.00.

Shaw Communications (SJR) traded down $0.25 on Wednesday, reaching $18.80. The company had a trading volume of 688,558 shares, compared to its average volume of 652,957. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,460.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.66, a P/E/G ratio of 4.14 and a beta of 0.96. Shaw Communications has a 12 month low of $18.78 and a 12 month high of $23.44. The company has a current ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.70.

Shaw Communications (NYSE:SJR) (TSE:SJR.B) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 11th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25 by ($0.06). Shaw Communications had a return on equity of 9.89% and a net margin of 17.34%. The company had revenue of $1.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.26 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.18 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Shaw Communications will post 0.94 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 13th will be given a dividend of $0.0795 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 12th. This represents a $0.95 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.08%. Shaw Communications’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 101.10%.

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Shaw Communications Company Profile

Shaw Communications Inc (Shaw) is a diversified connectivity provider. The Company operates through four divisions: Consumer, Wireless, Business Network Services and Business Infrastructure Services. Under the Consumer division, the Company offers Cable telecommunications and Satellite video services to residential customers.

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