Media headlines about Valhi (NYSE:VHI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. Valhi earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.3415956310706 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Valhi (NYSE VHI) traded up $0.07 during trading on Friday, reaching $5.94. The company had a trading volume of 307,998 shares, compared to its average volume of 370,447. The firm has a market cap of $2,014.68, a P/E ratio of 10.80 and a beta of 2.93. Valhi has a twelve month low of $2.13 and a twelve month high of $5.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -18.05, a current ratio of 3.44 and a quick ratio of 2.44.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.02 per share. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.35%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 5th. Valhi’s payout ratio is presently 34.78%.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. TheStreet raised Valhi from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Wednesday. ValuEngine downgraded Valhi from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. BidaskClub downgraded Valhi from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Barclays PLC increased their price target on Valhi from $3.00 to $5.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th.

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About Valhi

Valhi, Inc is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc, Kronos Worldwide, Inc (Kronos), CompX International Inc (CompX) and Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS).

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