Media stories about Diageo (NYSE:DEO) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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. Diageo earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 45.7226389442997 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Diageo (DEO) opened at $135.21 on Wednesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.63, a current ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. Diageo has a 52 week low of $112.46 and a 52 week high of $147.62.

The business also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd will be given a $1.4232 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This represents a dividend yield of 1.96%.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on DEO. Jefferies Group set a $157.00 target price on Diageo and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised Diageo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $162.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Natixis cut Diageo from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Macquarie raised Diageo from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Finally, BNP Paribas cut Diageo from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $153.00.

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About Diageo

Diageo PLC is an alcoholic beverage company. The Company operates in various categories, including spirits and beer. Its geographic segments include North America; Europe, Russia and Turkey; Africa; Latin America and Caribbean, and Asia Pacific. Its principal products includes Scotch whisky, Gin, Vodka, Rum, Beer, Irish Cream Liqueur, Wine, Raki, Tequila, Canadian Whisky, American Whiskey, Progressive Adult Beverages, Cachaca, Brandy and Ready to Drink.

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