Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Diageo (DEO) Share Price

Media stories about Diageo (NYSE:DEO) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Diageo earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 45.7686869074755 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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DEO has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, January 19th. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded shares of Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BNP Paribas downgraded shares of Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. Macquarie upgraded shares of Diageo from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, Natixis downgraded shares of Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Diageo currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $153.00.

Diageo stock traded up $0.31 during trading on Friday, reaching $135.42. The company had a trading volume of 718,201 shares, compared to its average volume of 376,195. Diageo has a 12-month low of $113.67 and a 12-month high of $147.62. The company has a market cap of $84,269.97, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.53, a PEG ratio of 2.81 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 1.31.

The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd will be issued a $1.4232 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a yield of 1.96%. Diageo’s payout ratio is 62.14%.

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Diageo Company Profile

Diageo PLC is an alcoholic beverage company. The Company operates in various categories, including spirits and beer. Its geographic segments include North America; Europe, Russia and Turkey; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean, and Asia Pacific. Its principal products includes Scotch whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Beer, Irish Cream Liqueur, Wine, Raki, Tequila, Canadian Whisky, American Whiskey, Progressive Adult Beverages, Cachaca, Brandy and Ready to Drink.

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