Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the nineteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $34.38.

Several analysts have weighed in on VIAB shares. Barrington Research raised Viacom from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $35.00 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Imperial Capital raised Viacom from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $30.00 to $37.00 in a report on Friday, January 11th. TheStreet cut Viacom from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 26th. B. Riley lowered their price target on Viacom from $39.00 to $30.00 in a report on Friday, December 28th. Finally, Societe Generale cut Viacom from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 24th.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Valley National Advisers Inc. grew its position in Viacom by 66.4% during the 4th quarter. Valley National Advisers Inc. now owns 1,118 shares of the company’s stock worth $29,000 after acquiring an additional 446 shares during the last quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp grew its position in Viacom by 573.0% during the 4th quarter. Hancock Whitney Corp now owns 294,936 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,579,000 after acquiring an additional 251,114 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its position in Viacom by 1.5% during the 3rd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 321,544 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,855,000 after acquiring an additional 4,700 shares during the last quarter. Virginia National Bank grew its position in Viacom by 197.2% during the 4th quarter. Virginia National Bank now owns 212,470 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,461,000 after acquiring an additional 140,990 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. grew its position in Viacom by 87.2% during the 4th quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 23,529 shares of the company’s stock worth $605,000 after acquiring an additional 10,962 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.90% of the company’s stock.

Shares of VIAB opened at $29.97 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $12.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.27, a P/E/G ratio of 0.88 and a beta of 1.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a current ratio of 1.31. Viacom has a 52-week low of $23.31 and a 52-week high of $34.44.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $3.09 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.12 billion. Viacom had a return on equity of 23.34% and a net margin of 11.60%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.03 EPS. As a group, research analysts expect that Viacom will post 4.2 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 15th were given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 14th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.67%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 19.42%.

About Viacom

Viacom Inc operates media brands that create entertainment content worldwide. It operates through two segments, Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment offers entertainment content, services, and related branded products for consumers through approximately 314 locally programmed and operated television channels, including Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Nick Jr., VH1, TV Land, CMT, Logo, Channel 5, Milkshake!, Telefe, Colors, Paramount Channel, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick Music, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, BET Her, BET Gospel, and BET Hip Hop, as well as through online, mobile, and apps.

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