News articles about Visa (NYSE:V) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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 nearest to five being the most favorable. Visa earned a news impact score of 1.19 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media coverage about the credit-card processor an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Visa’s ranking:

Shares of NYSE:V opened at $138.64 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $285.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 30.07, a P/E/G ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58, a current ratio of 1.61 and a quick ratio of 1.61. Visa has a 12-month low of $106.60 and a 12-month high of $151.56.

Visa (NYSE:V) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The credit-card processor reported $1.21 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.20 by $0.01. Visa had a return on equity of 38.00% and a net margin of 49.98%. The firm had revenue of $5.43 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.44 billion. Analysts expect that Visa will post 5.33 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 16th were given a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 15th. This is a positive change from Visa’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.21. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.72%. Visa’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 21.69%.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on V. Goldman Sachs Group cut Visa from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $160.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, September 17th. Bank of America increased their price target on Visa from $155.00 to $163.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on Visa from $187.00 to $196.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird increased their price target on Visa from $156.00 to $162.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, September 14th. Finally, Barclays began coverage on Visa in a research note on Wednesday, November 14th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $170.00 price target for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirty-two have given a buy rating to the stock. Visa presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $156.09.

In other news, EVP William M. Sheedy sold 3,643 shares of Visa stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.07, for a total value of $484,774.01. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 241,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $32,200,677.81. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP James H. Hoffmeister sold 2,252 shares of Visa stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.56, for a total value of $325,549.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 119,395 shares of company stock valued at $16,697,489. Corporate insiders own 0.14% of the company’s stock.

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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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