News stories about Swisscom (OTCMKTS:SCMWY) have been trending neutral this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Swisscom earned a coverage optimism score of 0.33 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media stories about the utilities provider an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.
SCMWY has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Swisscom from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 27th. BNP Paribas initiated coverage on Swisscom in a research note on Friday, January 11th. They issued an “underperform” rating on the stock. Finally, UBS Group downgraded Swisscom from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the stock. Swisscom presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $52.00.
SCMWY opened at $46.19 on Friday. Swisscom has a 1 year low of $43.02 and a 1 year high of $49.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $24.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.35 and a beta of 0.33.
The company also recently declared an annual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 5th will be paid a $1.828 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 3.76%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, April 4th. Swisscom’s dividend payout ratio is 60.80%.
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Swisscom AG provides telecommunication services primarily in Switzerland, Italy, and internationally. The company operates through three segments: Swisscom Switzerland, Fastweb, and Other Operating. It offers broadband, TV, fixed-network, and mobile phone subscription services, as well as national and international telephone, and data traffic services for residential customers, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
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