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

News coverage about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a daily sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.7750967763672 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Viacom (NASDAQ VIA) traded up $3.45 on Friday, reaching $39.10. The company had a trading volume of 191,468 shares, compared to its average volume of 44,960. Viacom has a twelve month low of $28.20 and a twelve month high of $49.00. The stock has a market cap of $15,728.25, a PE ratio of 8.37 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81, a current ratio of 1.55 and a quick ratio of 1.30.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share for the quarter. Viacom had a return on equity of 28.95% and a net margin of 14.13%.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.05%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 17.13%.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Citigroup downgraded Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Loop Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price target (down previously from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $39.00.

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Viacom Company Profile

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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