Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds

News coverage about Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Telefonica earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9343661175144 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Telefonica (NYSE TEF) opened at $9.95 on Friday. Telefonica has a twelve month low of $9.37 and a twelve month high of $11.64. The firm has a market capitalization of $51,460.00, a P/E ratio of 19.90 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79, a current ratio of 0.67 and a quick ratio of 0.62.

The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 13th were issued a $0.2383 dividend. This represents a yield of 4.67%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, December 12th. Telefonica’s dividend payout ratio is presently 70.00%.

TEF has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target for the company in a research report on Monday, October 16th. ValuEngine upgraded Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. Berenberg Bank upgraded Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Barclays upgraded Telefonica from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein cut Telefonica from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, December 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Telefonica presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.70.

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Telefonica Company Profile

Telefonica, SA is an integrated and diversified telecommunications group operating in Europe and Latin America. The Company’s services and products include Mobile business, Fixed-line telephony business and Digital services. Its segments include Telefonica Spain, Telefonica Brazil, Telefonica Germany, Telefonica United Kingdom and Telefonica Hispanoamerica (formed by the Company’s operators in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Central America, Ecuador and Uruguay).

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