Aviva PLC reduced its stake in BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) by 3.8% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 155,159 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 6,080 shares during the period. Aviva PLC’s holdings in BCE were worth $6,255,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in BCE. Charles Schwab Investment Advisory Inc. purchased a new position in BCE in the second quarter valued at approximately $273,156,000. Toronto Dominion Bank increased its stake in BCE by 35.6% in the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 9,753,645 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $400,193,000 after purchasing an additional 2,559,555 shares during the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its stake in BCE by 20.0% in the third quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 5,529,319 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $223,841,000 after purchasing an additional 922,044 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in BCE by 22.6% in the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 4,392,771 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $177,867,000 after purchasing an additional 811,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Unigestion Holding SA increased its stake in BCE by 67.5% in the third quarter. Unigestion Holding SA now owns 1,716,386 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $69,543,000 after purchasing an additional 691,804 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 42.52% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have commented on the stock. Barclays dropped their price target on shares of BCE from $50.00 to $47.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BCE in a research note on Friday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BCE from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 26th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of BCE from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Finally, TD Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of BCE in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $45.50.

BCE stock opened at $42.99 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $38.78 billion, a PE ratio of 16.40, a PEG ratio of 4.66 and a beta of 0.34. BCE Inc. has a twelve month low of $38.75 and a twelve month high of $49.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14, a current ratio of 0.57 and a quick ratio of 0.53.

BCE (NYSE:BCE) (TSE:BCE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.71 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $5.88 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.85 billion. BCE had a return on equity of 18.73% and a net margin of 12.13%. The company’s revenue was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.86 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts predict that BCE Inc. will post 2.65 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 14th will be issued a $0.574 dividend. This represents a $2.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 13th. BCE’s payout ratio is currently 88.55%.

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BCE Company Profile

BCE Inc, a telecommunications and media company, provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media. The Bell Wireless segment offers integrated digital wireless voice and data communications products and services.

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