News coverage about Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Telefonica earned a daily sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.2420761838446 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.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Telefonica (NYSE TEF) traded up $0.13 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $9.79. 1,558,427 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,331,278. The company has a quick ratio of 0.62, a current ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79. The stock has a market cap of $48,665.19, a P/E ratio of 5.68 and a beta of 1.29. Telefonica has a 1-year low of $9.01 and a 1-year high of $11.64.

The firm also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th will be given a dividend of $0.2383 per share. This represents a yield of 4.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 12th. Telefonica’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 70.00%.

Several research analysts recently commented on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co downgraded shares of Telefonica from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded shares of Telefonica from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Barclays raised shares of Telefonica from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Telefonica from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Citigroup reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Telefonica in a research report on Monday, September 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.70.

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Telefonica Company Profile

Telefonica, SA is an integrated and diversified telecommunications group operating in Europe and Latin America. The Company’s services and products include Mobile business, Fixed-line telephony business and Digital services. Its segments include Telefonica Spain, Telefonica Brazil, Telefonica Germany, Telefonica United Kingdom and Telefonica Hispanoamerica (formed by the Company’s operators in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Central America, Ecuador and Uruguay).

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