Shares of Avast PLC (LON:AVST) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nine research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 522 ($6.87).

A number of brokerages have issued reports on AVST. Jefferies Financial Group reduced their price target on Avast from GBX 602 ($7.92) to GBX 557 ($7.33) and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 27th. Barclays reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of Avast in a research note on Wednesday, March 4th. HSBC increased their price target on Avast from GBX 460 ($6.05) to GBX 540 ($7.10) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 7th. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Avast in a research note on Tuesday, May 5th. Finally, Peel Hunt started coverage on Avast in a research note on Tuesday, January 28th. They set a “sell” rating and a GBX 405 ($5.33) target price for the company.

Shares of LON:AVST traded up GBX 14 ($0.18) during trading hours on Thursday, hitting GBX 466.40 ($6.14). The stock had a trading volume of 1,547,027 shares. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 97.35, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.65. The stock’s fifty day simple moving average is GBX 424.05 and its 200 day simple moving average is GBX 433.93. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.76 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.43. Avast has a 1-year low of GBX 263.60 ($3.47) and a 1-year high of GBX 552 ($7.26).

The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 24th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 21st will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 21st. This is a positive change from Avast’s previous dividend of $0.04. This represents a yield of 1.97%. Avast’s dividend payout ratio is currently 66.67%.

Avast Company Profile

Avast Plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides digital security products under the Avast, AVG, and CCleaner brands worldwide. It operates through two segments, Consumer and Small and Medium Business (SMB). The company offers desktop security and mobile device protection products; value-added solutions for performance, privacy, and other tools; dynamic secure search solution, including browser toolbar; and big data and marketing analytics solutions, as well as security solutions designed for small businesses.

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