Media stories about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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. Valvoline earned a coverage optimism score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.1549876872799 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) opened at 22.13 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $22.95 and a 200-day moving average price of $23.09. Valvoline has a one year low of $18.30 and a one year high of $24.98. The company has a market capitalization of $4.48 billion and a PE ratio of 19.38.

Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $534 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $530.57 million. Valvoline had a negative return on equity of 106.06% and a net margin of 13.00%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Valvoline will post $1.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be paid a $0.049 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.89%. Valvoline’s payout ratio is 15.50%.

VVV has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Valvoline from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, April 28th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a $23.00 price target (up from $22.00) on shares of Valvoline in a report on Saturday, June 3rd. Finally, Seaport Global Securities upgraded Valvoline from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, June 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Valvoline presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $25.83.

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About Valvoline

Valvoline Inc (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers.

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