Press coverage about BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BCE earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0255550858035 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

BCE (NYSE BCE) traded down $0.70 on Friday, reaching $47.64. 1,153,544 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 853,608. The firm has a market cap of $42,790.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.31 and a beta of 0.36. BCE has a 1-year low of $42.44 and a 1-year high of $49.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a current ratio of 0.51.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.558 per share. This represents a $2.23 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.69%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. BCE’s payout ratio is 90.91%.

BCE has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BCE from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. National Bank Financial raised shares of BCE from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of BCE from $60.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of BCE in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. They issued a “buy” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of BCE from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 26th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $56.50.

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BCE Company Profile

BCE Inc is a communications company. The Company’s segments include Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline and Bell Media. Its Bell Wireless segment provides wireless voice and data communications products and services to its residential, small and medium-sized business and large enterprise customers across Canada.

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