Telefonica Brasil (VIV) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.15

News coverage about Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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. Telefonica Brasil earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the Wireless communications provider an impact score of 45.3074250163353 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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

A number of brokerages recently commented on VIV. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $15.60 price target on shares of Telefonica Brasil in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Barclays increased their price target on Telefonica Brasil from $16.00 to $17.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Santander lowered Telefonica Brasil from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Telefonica Brasil from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.03.

Shares of Telefonica Brasil (NYSE:VIV) traded down $0.32 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $15.20. The company had a trading volume of 1,381,714 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,290,000. Telefonica Brasil has a 52 week low of $13.06 and a 52 week high of $16.85. The company has a market capitalization of $24,170.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.24, a PEG ratio of 1.17 and a beta of 1.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a current ratio of 0.96.

The company also recently declared a dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 28th were paid a dividend of $0.231 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 27th. This is a positive change from Telefonica Brasil’s previous dividend of $0.05. Telefonica Brasil’s dividend payout ratio is presently 120.25%.

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About Telefonica Brasil

Telefonica Brasil SA is a mobile telecommunications company in Brazil offering postpaid mobile services. The Company also operates as a fixed telecommunications company in the state of Sao Paulo. The Company markets its mobile services under its Vivo brand. It offers its clients a portfolio of products, including mobile and fixed voice, mobile data, fixed broadband, ultra-fast broadband, Pay television, information technology and digital services.

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