Diageo (DEO) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.23

Headlines about Diageo (NYSE:DEO) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Diageo earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 45.7510361626547 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Diageo (NYSE DEO) traded down $0.87 on Friday, hitting $132.08. 502,417 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 420,067. Diageo has a one year low of $113.67 and a one year high of $147.62. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 1.31 and a quick ratio of 0.63.

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The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd will be paid a dividend of $1.4232 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a dividend yield of 1.96%.

DEO has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Diageo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Jefferies Group set a $157.00 target price on Diageo and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Royal Bank of Canada cut 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 Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Finally, Macquarie raised Diageo from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Diageo currently has an average 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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