Headlines about Itau Unibanco (NYSE:ITUB) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Itau Unibanco earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 47.1169505048279 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Itau Unibanco (ITUB) traded up $0.06 during trading on Friday, reaching $15.64. 8,634,832 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 13,566,856. The stock has a market cap of $105,961.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.60, a PEG ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 1.79. Itau Unibanco has a 1 year low of $10.02 and a 1 year high of $16.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.54, a current ratio of 1.64 and a quick ratio of 1.66.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd will be paid a $0.0046 dividend. This represents a $0.05 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.35%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. Itau Unibanco’s dividend payout ratio is presently 5.22%.

Itau Unibanco declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share buyback plan on Monday, December 18th that authorizes the company to repurchase 28,620,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the bank to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on ITUB shares. ValuEngine raised shares of Itau Unibanco from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Itau Unibanco from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Itau Unibanco from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank raised shares of Itau Unibanco from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, December 11th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $14.25.

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Itau Unibanco Company Profile

Itau Unibanco Holding SA is a holding company. The Company provides a range of financial products and services to individual and corporate clients in Brazil and abroad. The Company operates through three segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Activities with the Market + Corporation. The Retail Banking segment offers banking products and services to a diversified client base of account holders and non-account holders, individuals and companies.

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