Viacom (VIAB) Receiving Somewhat Negative Press Coverage, Analysis Finds
News headlines about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) have trended somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Viacom earned a daily sentiment score of -1.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave headlines about the company an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Viacom’s ranking:
- Viacom (VIAB) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Barrington Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Analysts Offer Predictions for Viacom, Inc.’s FY2018 Earnings (VIAB) (americanbankingnews.com)
- What analyst predict for Viacom Inc NASDAQ:VIAB? (stockmarketdaily.co)
- Viacom Posting Notable Gain On Upbeat Q4 Results (markets.businessinsider.com)
- Viacom Stock Is Rising as Earnings Show a Film Rebound in the Spotlight (barrons.com)
VIAB opened at $31.42 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.29 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.63, a P/E/G ratio of 1.14 and a beta of 1.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27, a quick ratio of 1.28 and a current ratio of 1.50. Viacom has a 12-month low of $25.91 and a 12-month high of $35.55.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.55%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 19.42%.
VIAB has been the subject of several analyst reports. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Viacom from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 30th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Viacom from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, October 12th. Barrington Research restated a “hold” rating on shares of Viacom in a research note on Wednesday, August 15th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, UBS Group downgraded shares of Viacom from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $34.00 target price for the company. in a research note on Monday, November 5th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nineteen have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $34.33.
Viacom, Inc operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. The company creates television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, games, consumer products, podcasts, live events, and social media experiences. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment.
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