Pivotal Research restated their hold rating on shares of Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) in a research note released on Sunday, April 23rd. They currently have a $40.00 price target on the stock.

VIAB has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Bank of America Corp raised their price target on Viacom from $44.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Friday, February 10th. Guggenheim reiterated a buy rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research report on Wednesday, March 22nd. Barclays PLC cut Viacom from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Friday, February 10th. BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on Viacom from $35.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock a market perform rating in a research report on Friday, February 10th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reiterated a hold rating on shares of Viacom in a research report on Thursday, February 16th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $43.95.

Shares of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) traded up 0.11% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $35.24. 5,288,713 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.65 and a beta of 1.33. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $40.89 and its 200-day moving average is $40.17. Viacom has a 1-year low of $33.44 and a 1-year high of $46.72. Viacom also was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Investors acquired 6,181 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 1,505% compared to the typical volume of 385 put options.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The company reported $0.79 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.59 by $0.20. Viacom had a return on equity of 33.25% and a net margin of 10.94%. The business had revenue of $3.26 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.03 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.76 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Viacom will post $3.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 3rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 15th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.27%. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 22.92%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VIAB. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in shares of Viacom by 3,068.5% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 21,485,851 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,001,671,000 after buying an additional 20,807,733 shares during the period. Wellington Management Group LLP raised its position in shares of Viacom by 3,113.9% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 20,233,146 shares of the company’s stock worth $943,269,000 after buying an additional 19,603,597 shares during the period. Capital World Investors raised its position in shares of Viacom by 47.4% in the third quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 24,658,133 shares of the company’s stock worth $939,475,000 after buying an additional 7,928,690 shares during the period. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company acquired a new position in shares of Viacom during the third quarter worth about $150,310,000. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Viacom during the fourth quarter worth about $113,821,000. Institutional investors own 76.82% of the company’s stock.

About Viacom

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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