Press coverage about Domtar (NYSE:UFS) (TSE:UFS) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Domtar earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.690721036903 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

NYSE UFS opened at $52.21 on Friday. Domtar has a 52 week low of $39.56 and a 52 week high of $52.72. The company has a quick ratio of 1.31, a current ratio of 2.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.17, a PEG ratio of 2.69 and a beta of 1.65.

Domtar (NYSE:UFS) (TSE:UFS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.65 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.77 by ($0.12). The firm had revenue of $1.35 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.32 billion. Domtar had a positive return on equity of 7.79% and a negative net margin of 3.25%. Domtar’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.61 EPS. equities analysts expect that Domtar will post 3.84 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 2nd will be paid a $0.435 dividend. This represents a $1.74 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.33%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 1st. Domtar’s dividend payout ratio is currently 66.92%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on UFS. Citigroup raised shares of Domtar from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $47.00 to $53.00 in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Domtar from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 21st. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on shares of Domtar from $47.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, August 13th. Royal Bank of Canada upped their target price on shares of Domtar from $52.00 to $54.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, KeyCorp upgraded shares of Domtar from an “underweight” rating to a “sector weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 1st. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.08.

About Domtar

Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes various communication papers, specialty and packaging papers, and absorbent hygiene products in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Pulp and Paper, and Personal Care. The company offers business papers, including copy and electronic imaging papers for use with inkjet and laser printers, photocopiers, and plain-paper fax machines, as well as computer papers, preprinted forms, and digital papers for office and home use.

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