Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Shows

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Media headlines about Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) have trended somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Royal Dutch Shell earned a news sentiment score of 1.60 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Royal Dutch Shell’s score:

Shares of RDSA opened at GBX 1,292.60 ($17.00) on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $53.13 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.57. The stock has a 50 day moving average of GBX 1,370.12 and a 200-day moving average of GBX 1,838.47. The company has a current ratio of 1.12, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 51.84. Royal Dutch Shell has a 52 week low of GBX 3.05 ($0.04) and a 52 week high of GBX 2,637.50 ($34.69).

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 22nd. Investors of record on Thursday, May 14th will be issued a $0.16 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.87%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 14th. Royal Dutch Shell’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 42.52%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Royal Dutch Shell to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the company from GBX 1,750 ($23.02) to GBX 1,650 ($21.70) in a research note on Tuesday, April 21st. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Tuesday, March 24th. HSBC lowered their target price on Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 1,575 ($20.72) to GBX 1,500 ($19.73) and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 14th. Barclays lowered their target price on Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 2,800 ($36.83) to GBX 1,500 ($19.73) and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, March 19th. Finally, UBS Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 1,650 ($21.70) target price (down previously from GBX 1,700 ($22.36)) on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Tuesday, May 12th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Royal Dutch Shell has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of GBX 1,866.30 ($24.55).

About Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, and Downstream segments. It explores for, and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; markets and transports oil and gas; produces gas-to-liquids fuels and other products; and operates upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market.

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