Headlines about Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) have been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Philip Morris International earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.3229252342244 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on PM. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $120.00 target price on shares of Philip Morris International in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Wells Fargo & Company restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $135.00 price target (down previously from $140.00) on shares of Philip Morris International in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $130.00 price target on shares of Philip Morris International in a research report on Sunday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Philip Morris International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group started coverage on shares of Philip Morris International in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $124.23.

Shares of Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) traded up $1.26 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $107.30. 4,428,300 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,127,201. Philip Morris International has a fifty-two week low of $88.90 and a fifty-two week high of $123.55. The company has a current ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 0.68 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -2.91. The stock has a market cap of $164,701.64, a P/E ratio of 23.62, a PEG ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 0.90.

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The company reported $1.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.38 by ($0.11). Philip Morris International had a negative return on equity of 67.59% and a net margin of 9.32%. The company had revenue of $7.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.75 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.25 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Philip Morris International will post 4.75 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 21st will be given a $1.07 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 20th. This represents a $4.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.99%. Philip Morris International’s payout ratio is 94.48%.

In other Philip Morris International news, Chairman Louis C. Camilleri sold 108,979 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.38, for a total value of $11,811,144.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. 0.23% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International Inc is a holding company. The Company is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside of the United States. Its segments include European Union (EU); Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (EEMA); Asia, and Latin America & Canada.

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