Media coverage about Visa (NYSE:V) has trended very positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Visa earned a media sentiment score of 3.17 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the credit-card processor an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Visa’s score:

Shares of V opened at $138.67 on Monday. Visa has a 1-year low of $111.02 and a 1-year high of $151.56. The stock has a market cap of $279.70 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.15, a P/E/G ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 1.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58, a current ratio of 1.61 and a quick ratio of 1.61.

V has been the subject of several analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating and issued a $166.00 target price on shares of Visa in a report on Thursday, October 25th. Barclays initiated coverage on shares of Visa in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $170.00 target price for the company. Piper Jaffray Companies restated an “overweight” rating and issued a $178.00 target price on shares of Visa in a report on Friday, December 21st. Credit Suisse Group raised their target price on shares of Visa from $150.00 to $164.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, October 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on shares of Visa from $187.00 to $196.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, October 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and thirty have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Visa has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $159.14.

In other Visa news, EVP William M. Sheedy sold 3,643 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.07, for a total transaction of $484,774.01. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 241,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $32,200,677.81. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP James H. Hoffmeister sold 2,252 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.56, for a total transaction of $325,549.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 119,395 shares of company stock valued at $16,697,489 in the last quarter. 0.17% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Visa Company Profile

Visa Inc operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities. It operates VisaNet, a processing network that enables authorization, clearing, and settlement of payment transactions; and offers fraud protection for account holders and assured payment for merchants.

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