Valvoline (VVV) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Media stories about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.0487955434538 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

Several brokerages have weighed in on VVV. Zacks Investment Research raised Valvoline from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, June 28th. Seaport Global Securities raised Valvoline from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, June 7th. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $23.00 price objective (up from $22.00) on shares of Valvoline in a report on Saturday, June 3rd. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $22.00 price objective (up from $20.00) on shares of Valvoline in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $25.83.

Valvoline (VVV) opened at 22.69 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.60 billion and a PE ratio of 19.87. Valvoline has a one year low of $18.30 and a one year high of $24.98. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $22.39 and a 200 day moving average price of $22.61.

Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 1st. The basic materials company reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by ($0.01). Valvoline had a negative return on equity of 106.06% and a net margin of 13.00%. The company had revenue of $534.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $530.57 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Valvoline will post $1.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Investors of record on Friday, September 1st will be given a $0.049 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 30th. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.86%. Valvoline’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 15.50%.

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About Valvoline

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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