Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) Given Media Impact Score of 0.11

News articles about Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) (TSE:BNS) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog 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. Bank of Nova Scotia earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 46.7650353661515 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

BNS has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Macquarie initiated coverage on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Bank of Nova Scotia from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Scotiabank restated a “buy” rating and issued a $95.00 price target on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia in a report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective on shares of Bank of Nova Scotia in a research note on Tuesday, November 28th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $85.80.

Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE BNS) traded down $0.17 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $65.59. 702,407 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 563,193. Bank of Nova Scotia has a 52 week low of $53.86 and a 52 week high of $66.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $78,690.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.54, a PEG ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10.

Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) (TSE:BNS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 28th. The bank reported $1.32 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.32. Bank of Nova Scotia had a net margin of 22.20% and a return on equity of 14.62%. sell-side analysts predict that Bank of Nova Scotia will post 5.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be paid a $0.617 dividend. This represents a $2.47 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.76%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. Bank of Nova Scotia’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 47.23%.

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About Bank of Nova Scotia

The Bank of Nova Scotia is an international bank and a financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. The Bank offers a range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

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