News headlines about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 43.7207263026075 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Viacom (NASDAQ VIA) traded up $0.35 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $34.75. The company had a trading volume of 89,497 shares, compared to its average volume of 77,325. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81, a current ratio of 1.55 and a quick ratio of 1.30. The company has a market capitalization of $13,837.64, a P/E ratio of 9.12 and a beta of 1.43. Viacom has a 12-month low of $28.20 and a 12-month high of $49.00.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors 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 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.30%. Viacom’s payout ratio is currently 17.13%.

Separately, Citigroup downgraded Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.00.

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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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