Press coverage about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.2650419067975 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- Consensus Target in the Spotlight for Valvoline Inc. (:VVV) – Clawson News (clawsonnews.com)
- Most Shocking Stock Movements: People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT), Valvoline Inc. (VVV) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- ETFs with exposure to Valvoline, Inc. : December 27, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- $0.28 Earnings Per Share Expected for Valvoline Inc (VVV) This Quarter (americanbankingnews.com)
VVV has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 target price on shares of Valvoline in a report on Friday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised Valvoline from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. Seaport Global Securities lowered Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. ValuEngine lowered Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Longbow Research boosted their price objective on Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.88.
Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The basic materials company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $547.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $528.14 million. Valvoline had a net margin of 14.59% and a negative return on equity of 137.91%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.35 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Valvoline will post 1.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were given a dividend of $0.0745 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This is an increase from Valvoline’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.19%. Valvoline’s payout ratio is currently 20.13%.
In other Valvoline news, SVP Thomas A. Gerrald II sold 3,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.61, for a total value of $93,518.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 77 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,894.97. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total value of $104,473.02. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 6,192 shares in the company, valued at approximately $150,651.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.07% of the company’s stock.
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Valvoline Inc (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers.
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