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

Media headlines about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a news sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the company an impact score of 46.0789026956955 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the stock. Rosenblatt Securities reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Loop Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 price objective (down from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Viacom presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $39.00.

NASDAQ:VIA traded up $0.20 on Friday, reaching $35.50. The stock had a trading volume of 52,496 shares, compared to its average volume of 43,536. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.41 and a quick ratio of 1.14. The stock has a market cap of $14,383.69, a P/E ratio of 9.51 and a beta of 1.26. Viacom has a 12-month low of $28.20 and a 12-month high of $47.75.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $1.03 earnings per share for the quarter. The company had revenue of $3.07 billion during the quarter. Viacom had a net margin of 15.49% and a return on equity of 26.28%.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.25%.

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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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