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:

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.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last issued its earnings results on Friday, November 16th. The company reported $0.99 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $3.49 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.37 billion. Viacom had a net margin of 13.28% and a return on equity of 23.68%. The firm’s revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.77 earnings per share. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Viacom will post 4.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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.

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About Viacom

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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