KeyCorp reiterated their hold rating on shares of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

A number of other brokerages have also recently issued reports on VIAB. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a hold rating and issued a $40.00 target price on shares of Viacom in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Wells Fargo & Company cut shares of Viacom from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 5th. Barclays PLC set a $37.00 price objective on shares of Viacom and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $43.00 price objective (down previously from $52.00) on shares of Viacom in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Loop Capital cut their price objective on shares of Viacom from $32.00 to $27.00 and set a hold rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have given a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $36.62.

Shares of Viacom (VIAB) opened at $26.29 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $10,729.33, a PE ratio of 7.08, a PEG ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.54. Viacom has a 52-week low of $22.13 and a 52-week high of $46.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81, a current ratio of 1.55 and a quick ratio of 1.30.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by ($0.09). The business had revenue of $3.32 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.23 billion. Viacom had a net margin of 14.13% and a return on equity of 28.95%. The company’s revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.54 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Viacom will post 3.8 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th will be issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.04%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 17.13%.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. First Mercantile Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Viacom by 1.6% in the second quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. now owns 3,428 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after buying an additional 54 shares during the period. Wall Street Access Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Viacom by 1.1% in the second quarter. Wall Street Access Asset Management LLC now owns 6,315 shares of the company’s stock valued at $212,000 after buying an additional 70 shares during the period. Boston Private Wealth LLC increased its stake in shares of Viacom by 1.8% in the second quarter. Boston Private Wealth LLC now owns 6,093 shares of the company’s stock valued at $205,000 after buying an additional 108 shares during the period. Moors & Cabot Inc. increased its stake in shares of Viacom by 0.7% in the second quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 20,990 shares of the company’s stock valued at $703,000 after buying an additional 149 shares during the period. Finally, Capital Guardian Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Viacom by 2.7% in the second quarter. Capital Guardian Trust Co. now owns 6,460 shares of the company’s stock valued at $217,000 after buying an additional 168 shares during the period. 76.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Viacom Company Profile

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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