News coverage about Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Valvoline earned a news impact score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the basic materials company an impact score of 46.4914620696469 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

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

Shares of Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) opened at $23.18 on Friday. Valvoline has a 52 week low of $20.99 and a 52 week high of $25.63. The company has a market cap of $4,637.53, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.27, a PEG ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a quick ratio of 1.29, a current ratio of 2.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -5.91.

Valvoline (NYSE:VVV) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The basic materials company reported $0.29 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.01. Valvoline had a net margin of 10.37% and a negative return on equity of 148.14%. The company had revenue of $545.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $530.10 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.35 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 11.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Valvoline will post 1.34 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 1st will be paid a $0.0745 dividend. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 28th. Valvoline’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.52%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Valvoline from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Morgan Stanley increased their price target on shares of Valvoline from $25.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Seaport Global Securities cut shares of Valvoline from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $26.00 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Longbow Research raised their target price on shares of Valvoline from $28.00 to $30.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 target price on shares of Valvoline in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Valvoline currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $25.71.

In other news, SVP Thomas A. Gerrald II sold 3,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.61, for a total value of $93,518.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 77 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,894.97. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Anthony R. Puckett sold 4,294 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.33, for a total transaction of $104,473.02. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 6,192 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $150,651.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.07% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Valvoline

Valvoline Inc (Valvoline) is engaged in the production and distribution of automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, and automotive chemicals. The Company operates through three segments: Core North America, Quick Lubes and International. The Core North America segment sells Valvoline, and other branded and private label products in the United States and Canada to both consumers performing their own automotive maintenance, referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers, as well as, to installer customers using Valvoline products to service vehicles owned by Do-It-For-Me (DIFM) consumers.

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