News headlines about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of news 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 positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.2878406147633 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Viacom (NASDAQ VIA) traded up $2.10 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $35.65. The stock had a trading volume of 57,324 shares, compared to its average volume of 38,278. The stock has a market cap of $12,590.00, a P/E ratio of 7.65 and a beta of 1.43. Viacom has a 52-week low of $28.20 and a 52-week high of $49.00. The company has a current ratio of 1.55, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.24%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 17.17%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Loop Capital restated a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 price target (down from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Citigroup downgraded Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $39.00.

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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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