Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Diageo (NYSE:DEO) Stock Price

Press coverage about Diageo (NYSE:DEO) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Diageo earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.091189690478 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

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DEO stock opened at $133.67 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 1.31. Diageo has a 12-month low of $113.67 and a 12-month high of $147.62.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd will be issued a $1.4232 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a yield of 1.96%. Diageo’s payout ratio is 62.14%.

DEO has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 19th. Royal Bank of Canada cut shares of Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BNP Paribas cut shares of Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Macquarie raised shares of Diageo from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Natixis cut shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $153.00.

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Diageo Company Profile

Diageo PLC is an alcoholic beverage company. The Company operates in various categories, including spirits and beer. Its geographic segments include North America; Europe, Russia and Turkey; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean, and Asia Pacific. Its principal products includes Scotch whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Beer, Irish Cream Liqueur, Wine, Raki, Tequila, Canadian Whisky, American Whiskey, Progressive Adult Beverages, Cachaca, Brandy and Ready to Drink.

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