Telefonica (TEF) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

Media headlines about Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Telefonica earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9453301125997 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) traded down $0.04 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $10.03. The company had a trading volume of 1,877,192 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,317,564. Telefonica has a 12-month low of $8.80 and a 12-month high of $11.64. The company has a quick ratio of 0.62, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79. The stock has a market cap of $50,730.69, a P/E ratio of 5.92 and a beta of 1.29.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be issued a $0.2383 dividend. This represents a yield of 4.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. Telefonica’s payout ratio is currently 34.00%.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Citigroup restated a “buy” rating on shares of Telefonica in a research report on Monday, September 4th. ValuEngine lowered Telefonica from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Berenberg Bank upgraded Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Barclays upgraded Telefonica from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.70.

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About Telefonica

Telefonica, SA is an integrated and diversified telecommunications group operating in Europe and Latin America. The Company’s services and products include Mobile business, Fixed-line telephony business and Digital services. Its segments include Telefonica Spain, Telefonica Brazil, Telefonica Germany, Telefonica United Kingdom and Telefonica Hispanoamerica (formed by the Company’s operators in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Central America, Ecuador and Uruguay).

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