News coverage about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) has trended somewhat positive this week, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Alpha One’s scoring:

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) traded down 2.17% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $45.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 23,736 shares. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $46.02 and a 200 day moving average of $43.31. The firm has a market capitalization of $17.88 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.93 and a beta of 1.21. Viacom has a 1-year low of $38.05 and a 1-year high of $50.81.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 3rd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 13th. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio is 22.92%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on VIA shares. Drexel Hamilton raised Viacom to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 9th. Rosenblatt Securities reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research report on Friday, April 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $43.10.

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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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