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Viacom (VIAB) Raised to "Hold" at BidaskClub

Hannah Rogers | 17 January, 2018, 23:46

(NASDAQ:VIAB) from a neutral rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Monday. The share price volatility of the stock remained at 7.11% for the month and by reducing the timeframe to just a week, the volatility stood at 3.9%.

VIAB has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Rosenblatt Securities cut shares of Viacom from a "neutral" rating to a "sell" rating in a research report on Tuesday. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an underperform rating and set a $31.00 target price on shares of Viacom in a research report on Thursday, November 10th. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with "Hold" rating and $27.0 target in Wednesday, November 22 report. Viacom presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $35.04. (NASDAQ:VIAB) on Monday, January 30 with "Overweight" rating. About 6.69 million shares traded or 13.89% up from the average. Their 52-Week High and Low are noted here.

Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) has a beta of 1.54, compared to a beta of 1 for the market, which implies that the stock's price movements are more extreme than the market as a whole. The stock price of OPK is moving down from its 20 days moving average with -7.43% and isolated negatively from 50 days moving average with -11.04%. The company reported $0.77 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.86 by ($0.09). Viacom had a net margin of 14.13% and a return on equity of 28.95%.

The company's stock is now moving with a -ve distance from the 200 day SMA of approximately -2.18%, and has a solid year to date (YTD) performance of 1.85% which means that the stock is constantly adding to its value from the previous fiscal year end price. The firm's revenue was up 2.9% compared to the same quarter past year. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.54 EPS. research analysts expect that Viacom will post 3.76 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. That activity is comparable to their recent volume average trend of almost 0.31 million shares which they recorded over a period of three months. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.55%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 13th. Viacom's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 17.17%.

Analysts await Viacom, Inc. The stock was acquired at an average price of $34.80 per share, with a total value of $696,000.00. Capital Guardian Trust Co. now owns 6,460 shares of the company's stock valued at $217,000 after purchasing an additional 168 shares in the last quarter. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

The company now has an insider ownership of 0.1 Percent and Institutional ownership of 94.2 Percent.

More recent Viacom, Inc. Wall Street Access Asset Management LLC raised its position in Viacom by 1.1% during the second quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 82,950 shares of the company's stock worth $2,785,000 after purchasing an additional 78,049 shares during the period. SevenBridge Financial Group LLC boosted its stake in shares of Viacom by 147.1% in the third quarter. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co. now owns 3,686 shares of the company's stock valued at $124,000 after purchasing an additional 423 shares during the period. Johnson Financial Group Inc. acquired a new position in Viacom during the second quarter valued at $108,000.

Olstein Capital Management Lp decreased General Mtrs Co (NYSE:GM) stake by 94,500 shares to 170,000 valued at $6.87 million in 2017Q3. Capital International Investors lifted its position in shares of Viacom by 19.3% during the third quarter. With these types of results to display analysts, are more optimistic than before, leading 8 of analysts who cover Viacom, Inc. The Company operates through two segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment.

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