Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Viacom (VIA) Share Price

Press coverage about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Viacom earned a news sentiment score of 0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 44.7168490081345 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Shares of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) traded down $0.30 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $38.30. 15,182 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 44,279. Viacom has a fifty-two week low of $28.20 and a fifty-two week high of $49.00. The company has a current ratio of 1.41, a quick ratio of 1.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52. The company has a market capitalization of $15,510.25, a PE ratio of 7.66 and a beta of 1.31.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter. Viacom had a net margin of 15.49% and a return on equity of 26.28%. The business had revenue of $3.07 billion for the quarter.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.09%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. Viacom’s payout ratio is currently 16.00%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Rosenblatt Securities restated a “sell” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Loop Capital restated a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price objective (down from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Viacom presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $39.00.

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About Viacom

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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