Media stories about BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. BCE earned a news sentiment score of 0.89 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an news buzz score of 3 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted BCE’s analysis:
- Head to Head Survey: Orbital Tracking (TRKK) and BCE (BCE) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Yes, Even “Boring” Stocks Like BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) Can Make You a TFSA Millionaire (fool.ca)
- BCE (BCE) Receives Daily News Impact Score of 0.54 (americanbankingnews.com)
- Bce colloca 6,551 mld euro in p/t a 7 gg su 8,007 mld in scadenza (it.reuters.com)
- Bce, depositi o/n salgono a 633,276 miliardi, prestiti marginali 129 mln (it.reuters.com)
Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on BCE shares. Edward Jones raised BCE from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, August 13th. Scotiabank raised BCE from a “sector perform” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised BCE from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, October 15th. Desjardins raised BCE from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, TD Securities reissued a “hold” rating on shares of BCE in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. BCE has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $51.75.
BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. BCE had a return on equity of 18.73% and a net margin of 12.13%. The firm had revenue of $5.88 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.85 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.86 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that BCE will post 2.65 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 14th will be given a $0.574 dividend. This represents a $2.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.60%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 13th. BCE’s dividend payout ratio is presently 88.55%.
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BCE Inc, a telecommunications and media company, provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media. The Bell Wireless segment offers integrated digital wireless voice and data communications products and services.
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