Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) Earns Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.20

Press coverage about Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) has trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Telefonica earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9439710677584 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) opened at $9.68 on Tuesday. Telefonica has a 52-week low of $9.15 and a 52-week high of $11.64. 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 company has a market cap of $48,765.95, a P/E ratio of 19.36 and a beta of 1.30.

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

A number of brokerages have weighed in on TEF. Sanford C. Bernstein downgraded shares of Telefonica from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, December 11th. Barclays raised shares of Telefonica from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Berenberg Bank raised shares of Telefonica from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Telefonica from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut shares of Telefonica from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Telefonica presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target 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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