Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) Receives Daily Media Impact Score of 0.24

Media headlines about Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP) (TSE:BIP.UN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners earned a news sentiment score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.1913876314959 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on BIP shares. BMO Capital Markets started coverage on shares of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in a research report on Monday, September 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price target for the company. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Scotiabank reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $53.00 price target on shares of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in a research report on Monday, September 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, TD Securities increased their price target on shares of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners to $57.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, September 18th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $48.88.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) traded down $0.28 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $43.67. The company had a trading volume of 584,232 shares, compared to its average volume of 459,300. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has a 12-month low of $33.96 and a 12-month high of $46.88. The firm has a market capitalization of $16,810.00, a P/E ratio of 167.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.09 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a quick ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 0.23 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61.

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners declared that its board has approved a share repurchase program on Tuesday, November 7th that permits the company to repurchase 13,820,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the utilities provider to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase programs are usually a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a $0.435 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $1.74 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.98%. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’s dividend payout ratio is currently 669.23%.

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About Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. owns and operates utilities, transport, energy and communications infrastructure businesses in North and South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company’s segments include utilities, transport, energy, communications infrastructure and other. The utilities segment consists of regulated businesses, including regulated distribution (electricity and natural gas connections), electricity transmission and a regulated terminal (coal export terminal).

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