Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact PepsiCo (PEP) Stock Price

Media headlines about PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. PepsiCo earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.1131517129115 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) traded down $3.03 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $109.11. 7,702,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 4,392,282. PepsiCo has a 52 week low of $106.19 and a 52 week high of $122.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.03, a current ratio of 1.51 and a quick ratio of 1.21. The firm has a market capitalization of $155,280.00, a PE ratio of 21.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.62.

PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The company reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.30 by $0.01. PepsiCo had a net margin of 7.65% and a return on equity of 61.14%. The company had revenue of $19.53 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $19.40 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.20 earnings per share. PepsiCo’s revenue for the quarter was up .1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that PepsiCo will post 5.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.805 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $3.22 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.95%. PepsiCo’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 63.26%.

PEP has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of PepsiCo from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of PepsiCo in a report on Sunday, November 12th. Deutsche Bank began coverage on shares of PepsiCo in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $132.00 price target for the company. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $120.00 price target on shares of PepsiCo in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co boosted their price target on shares of PepsiCo from $110.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $123.04.

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PepsiCo Company Profile

PepsiCo, Inc is a global food and beverage company. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. The Company operates through six segments: Frito-Lay North America (FLNA), Quaker Foods North America (QFNA), North America Beverages (NAB), Latin America, Europe Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), and Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA).

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