Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) Share Price

Media coverage about Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vodafone Group earned a news impact score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the cell phone carrier an impact score of 44.3347053094466 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of Vodafone Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, September 18th. UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone Group in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Vodafone Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Vodafone Group in a research note on Thursday, November 23rd. Finally, Barclays raised shares of Vodafone Group from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, December 8th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. Vodafone Group has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $32.14.

Shares of Vodafone Group (NASDAQ:VOD) traded up $0.40 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $32.33. 3,375,047 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,619,515. The firm has a market capitalization of $84,850.00, a PE ratio of -85.08, a P/E/G ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 0.94. Vodafone Group has a 52-week low of $24.31 and a 52-week high of $32.75. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a current ratio of 0.96 and a quick ratio of 0.95.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.5642 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.68%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 22nd. Vodafone Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently -302.63%.

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About Vodafone Group

Vodafone Group Plc (Vodafone) is a telecommunications company. The Company’s business is organized into two geographic regions: Europe, and Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific (AMAP). Its segments include Europe and AMAP. Its Europe segment includes geographic regions, such as Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Other Europe.

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