News articles about PLDT (NYSE:PHI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm 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 closest to one being the most favorable. PLDT earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 46.7998501507617 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

PLDT (NYSE PHI) opened at 31.98 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $32.72 and its 200 day moving average is $34.10. The company has a market capitalization of $6.91 billion, a PE ratio of 14.66 and a beta of 0.99. PLDT has a one year low of $25.50 and a one year high of $38.54.

The company also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 18th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 24th were given a $0.9411 dividend. This is an increase from PLDT’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.56. This represents a yield of 5.57%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 22nd. PLDT’s payout ratio is currently 54.19%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on PHI shares. BidaskClub cut shares of PLDT from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of PLDT from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG cut shares of PLDT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold”.

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About PLDT

PLDT, Inc, formerly Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), is a telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. The Company operates through three business segments: Wireless, Fixed Line and Others. The Company, through its business segments, offers a range of telecommunications services across the Philippines’ fiber optic backbone and wireless and fixed line networks.

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