News headlines about Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) (TSE:CNR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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. Canadian National Railway earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.3568597577156 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

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A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on CNI shares. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $89.00 price objective on shares of Canadian National Railway in a report on Friday, October 6th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Canadian National Railway in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Desjardins raised shares of Canadian National Railway from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Raymond James Financial downgraded Canadian National Railway from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Canadian National Railway from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $81.38.

Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) traded up $0.08 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $79.56. The company had a trading volume of 245,346 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,369,048. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.55 and a quick ratio of 0.44. The company has a market capitalization of $58,836.20, a P/E ratio of 14.09, a P/E/G ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.09. Canadian National Railway has a 12-month low of $68.27 and a 12-month high of $85.73.

Canadian National Railway declared that its board has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Tuesday, October 24th that authorizes the company to repurchase 31,000,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the transportation company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 8th will be paid a $0.3665 dividend. This represents a $1.47 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 7th. This is a positive change from Canadian National Railway’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.33. Canadian National Railway’s payout ratio is 23.23%.

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Canadian National Railway Company Profile

Canadian National Railway Company is engaged in the rail and related transportation business. The Company’s network of approximately 20,000 route miles of track spans Canada and mid-America, connecting approximately three coasts, including the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico and serving the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile (Alabama), and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth (Minnesota)/Superior (Wisconsin), and Jackson (Mississippi), with connections to all points in North America.

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