Media coverage about Valhi (NYSE:VHI) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Valhi earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.4036215534845 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Valhi (VHI) traded up $0.53 on Tuesday, reaching $7.21. 689,168 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 153,850. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,235.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.98 and a beta of 3.12. Valhi has a 52-week low of $2.13 and a 52-week high of $7.28. The company has a current ratio of 3.44, a quick ratio of 2.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -18.05.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 6th will be paid a dividend of $0.02 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 5th. This represents a $0.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.11%. Valhi’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 34.78%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of Valhi from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Valhi from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Barclays upped their target price on shares of Valhi from $3.00 to $5.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Valhi from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd.

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About Valhi

Valhi, Inc is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, including NL Industries, Inc, Kronos Worldwide, Inc (Kronos), CompX International Inc (CompX) and Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS).

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