Viacom (VIA) Given Daily News Impact Score of 0.15

News coverage about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 46.3286313178873 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Viacom (VIA) opened at 37.85 on Friday. Viacom has a 12 month low of $36.25 and a 12 month high of $49.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.22 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.42 and a beta of 1.46. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $38.66 and its 200 day moving average is $41.07.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $3.36 billion for the quarter. Viacom had a net margin of 11.04% and a return on equity of 30.89%. Equities analysts predict that Viacom will post $3.55 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.11%. Viacom’s payout ratio is 21.98%.

Separately, UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target (down from $50.00) on shares of Viacom in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Viacom has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $43.13.

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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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