News coverage about Domtar (NYSE:UFS) (TSE:UFS) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Domtar earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.9328110708169 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Domtar (UFS) Downgraded to Sell at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- Domtar (UFS) Q4 2017 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (seekingalpha.com)
- Domtar Corp Expected to Earn Q3 2018 Earnings of $0.83 Per Share (UFS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Domtar Corp (UFS) Forecasted to Post Q3 2018 Earnings of $0.78 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- Domtar Corp (UFS) to Post Q1 2018 Earnings of $0.54 Per Share, DA Davidson Forecasts (americanbankingnews.com)
A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on UFS shares. Stephens started coverage on Domtar in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $43.00 price target on the stock. KeyCorp set a $33.00 price target on Domtar and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 27th. DA Davidson boosted their price target on Domtar to $37.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Scotiabank set a $41.00 price target on Domtar and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, National Bank Financial boosted their price target on Domtar from $42.00 to $46.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.33.
Domtar (NYSE:UFS) (TSE:UFS) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.64 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.69 by ($0.05). Domtar had a positive return on equity of 6.00% and a negative net margin of 4.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.34 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.31 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.75 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Domtar will post 2.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Investors of record on Monday, April 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.435 per share. This is an increase from Domtar’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.42. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. This represents a $1.74 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.95%. Domtar’s payout ratio is -49.11%.
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Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a range of fiber-based products, including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The Company segments include Pulp and Paper and Personal Care. The Pulp and Paper segment consists of the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of communication, specialty and packaging papers, as well as softwood, fluff and hardwood market pulp.
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