Media stories about Chunghwa Telecom Co. (NYSE:CHT) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Chunghwa Telecom Co. earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.167053996868 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
A number of research analysts have weighed in on CHT shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Chunghwa Telecom Co. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 29th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Chunghwa Telecom Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 14th. Finally, UBS AG lowered shares of Chunghwa Telecom Co. from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $40.00.
Shares of Chunghwa Telecom Co. (NYSE CHT) opened at 33.67 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $26.05 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.91 and a beta of 0.33. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $34.83 and a 200-day moving average of $34.20. Chunghwa Telecom Co. has a 12-month low of $31.28 and a 12-month high of $36.93.
Chunghwa Telecom Co. (NYSE:CHT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The utilities provider reported $0.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.04. Chunghwa Telecom Co. had a return on equity of 10.26% and a net margin of 16.49%. The firm had revenue of $1.84 billion for the quarter. On average, equities research analysts predict that Chunghwa Telecom Co. will post $1.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced an annual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Friday, July 21st will be issued a $1.6294 dividend. This is a boost from Chunghwa Telecom Co.’s previous annual dividend of $1.33. This represents a dividend yield of 4.57%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, July 19th. Chunghwa Telecom Co.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 82.58%.
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About Chunghwa Telecom Co.
Chunghwa Telecom Co, Ltd. provides telecommunication services. The Company’s segments include Domestic fixed communications business, which is engaged in the provision of local telephone services, domestic long distance telephone services, broadband access and related services; Mobile communications business, which is engaged in the provision of mobile services, sales of mobile handsets and data cards, and related services; Internet business, which is engaged in the provision of HiNet services and related services; International fixed communications business, which includes international long distance telephone services, international leased line services, international data services, satellite services, and information and communication technology (ICT) and other international services, and Others, which is engaged in the provision of non-telecom services.
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