Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) have been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirty ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $35.85.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Barclays set a $33.00 price target on Viacom and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. BidaskClub raised Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Cowen reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Viacom in a report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Macquarie downgraded Viacom from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $26.00 price target for the company. in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its position in shares of Viacom by 6.1% in the third quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 1,369,740 shares of the company’s stock worth $38,134,000 after purchasing an additional 78,376 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of Viacom by 12.8% in the third quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 1,077,100 shares of the company’s stock worth $29,986,000 after purchasing an additional 121,900 shares during the period. Capital International Investors increased its position in shares of Viacom by 19.3% in the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 8,761,721 shares of the company’s stock worth $243,926,000 after purchasing an additional 1,418,000 shares during the period. Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its position in shares of Viacom by 17.0% in the third quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 142,313 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,955,000 after purchasing an additional 20,691 shares during the period. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of Viacom by 5.9% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 1,111,974 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,957,000 after purchasing an additional 62,056 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 80.36% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) opened at $32.72 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $13,164.60, a P/E ratio of 6.54, a PEG ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.47. The company has a quick ratio of 1.14, a current ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52. Viacom has a twelve month low of $22.13 and a twelve month high of $46.72.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $1.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.09. Viacom had a return on equity of 26.28% and a net margin of 15.49%. The business had revenue of $3.07 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.14 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Viacom will post 4.04 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.44%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. Viacom’s payout ratio is 16.00%.

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About Viacom

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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