Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Qiwi Plc (NASDAQ:QIWI) Stock Price

News coverage about Qiwi Plc (NASDAQ:QIWI) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Qiwi Plc earned a media sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.8052338772115 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Qiwi Plc (NASDAQ:QIWI) traded down 1.35% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $17.53. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 626,841 shares. Qiwi Plc has a 12 month low of $11.60 and a 12 month high of $26.55. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $20.43 and a 200 day moving average price of $19.07.

Qiwi Plc (NASDAQ:QIWI) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 17th. The credit services provider reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by $0.13. Qiwi Plc had a return on equity of 22.31% and a net margin of 14.88%. The business had revenue of $2.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.72 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $20.41 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Qiwi Plc will post $1.19 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 6th. Investors of record on Tuesday, August 29th will be given a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 25th. This is an increase from Qiwi Plc’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.79%. Qiwi Plc’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 101.33%.

A number of research analysts recently commented on QIWI shares. BidaskClub downgraded Qiwi Plc from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Qiwi Plc from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $25.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, May 24th. ValuEngine downgraded Qiwi Plc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, May 18th. VTB Capital downgraded Qiwi Plc from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, June 19th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. downgraded Qiwi Plc from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $23.25.

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About Qiwi Plc

QIWI plc is a provider of payment services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Company’s network enables payment services across physical, online and mobile channels. The Company operates in target markets and customer segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had deployed over 17.2 million virtual wallets, over 162,000 kiosks and terminals, and enabled merchants to accept over Russian rubles 70 billion cash and electronic payments monthly.

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