Headlines about AT&T (NYSE:T) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AT&T earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the technology company an impact score of 44.6735175624611 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

A number of research firms recently issued reports on T. Vetr downgraded shares of AT&T from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $42.75 price target on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Moffett Nathanson reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of AT&T in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AT&T from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on shares of AT&T from $46.00 to $48.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Macquarie reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price target on shares of AT&T in a research note on Friday, September 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $42.83.

AT&T (T) traded up $0.06 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $38.94. 17,862,828 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 25,442,447. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23, a current ratio of 1.60 and a quick ratio of 1.60. AT&T has a fifty-two week low of $32.55 and a fifty-two week high of $43.03. The company has a market capitalization of $239,050.00, a PE ratio of 18.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.23 and a beta of 0.44.

AT&T (NYSE:T) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The technology company reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.01). AT&T had a net margin of 7.87% and a return on equity of 9.73%. The firm had revenue of $39.67 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $40.34 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.74 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that AT&T will post 2.92 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be given a dividend of $0.50 per share. This is a boost from AT&T’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.49. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. This represents a $2.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.14%. AT&T’s payout ratio is 94.23%.

In related news, Director Matthew K. Rose purchased 29,600 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 25th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $33.75 per share, for a total transaction of $999,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 3,100 shares in the company, valued at approximately $104,625. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 0.09% of the company’s stock.

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About AT&T

AT&T Inc is a holding company. The Company is a provider of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. The Company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility and International. The Company offers its services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services worldwide.

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