PepsiCo (PEP) Given Media Sentiment Rating of 1.43

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Media stories about PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. PepsiCo earned a media sentiment score of 1.43 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the company an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected PepsiCo’s score:

PepsiCo stock opened at $115.91 on Monday. PepsiCo has a fifty-two week low of $95.94 and a fifty-two week high of $122.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.95. The stock has a market capitalization of $163.61 billion, a PE ratio of 22.16, a PEG ratio of 2.79 and a beta of 0.62.

PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) last posted its earnings results on Friday, February 15th. The company reported $1.49 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49. The business had revenue of $19.52 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.52 billion. PepsiCo had a return on equity of 73.27% and a net margin of 7.66%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.31 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that PepsiCo will post 5.65 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.9275 per share. This represents a $3.71 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.20%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 28th. PepsiCo’s dividend payout ratio is presently 70.94%.

A number of analysts have issued reports on PEP shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded PepsiCo from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. ValuEngine raised PepsiCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, December 1st. BidaskClub raised PepsiCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 26th. Finally, UBS Group initiated coverage on PepsiCo in a report on Thursday, December 13th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $123.00 target price for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. PepsiCo presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $117.38.

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About PepsiCo

PepsiCo, Inc operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos, and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos snacks, branded dips, and Fritos corn chips. The company's Quaker Foods North America segment provides cereals, rice, pasta, mixes and syrups, granola bars, grits, oat squares, oatmeal, rice cakes, simply granola, and side dishes under the brands Quaker, Aunt Jemima, Cap'n crunch, life, Quaker Chewy, and Rice-A-Roni.

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