Visa (V) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds

News coverage about Visa (NYSE:V) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. The research group ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Visa earned a media sentiment score of 1.25 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave press coverage about the credit-card processor an news buzz score of 7 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Visa’s score:

Shares of V stock traded down $0.17 on Wednesday, hitting $161.49. 7,341,189 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 8,448,849. Visa has a twelve month low of $119.37 and a twelve month high of $162.03. The company has a current ratio of 1.50, a quick ratio of 1.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.58. The stock has a market cap of $323.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.03, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 1.00.

Visa (NYSE:V) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 30th. The credit-card processor reported $1.30 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.05. Visa had a net margin of 50.61% and a return on equity of 39.32%. The company had revenue of $5.51 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.41 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.08 earnings per share. Visa’s revenue for the quarter was up 13.2% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Visa will post 5.32 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, June 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 16th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.62%. Visa’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 21.69%.

A number of analysts recently commented on the stock. Nomura lifted their target price on shares of Visa from $151.00 to $175.00 in a research note on Thursday, April 11th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $160.00 target price on shares of Visa in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Jefferies Financial Group started coverage on shares of Visa in a research report on Monday, January 28th. They set a “buy” rating and a $135.99 price target for the company. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Visa in a research report on Tuesday, February 12th. Finally, Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on shares of Visa from $160.00 to $177.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Visa has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $169.68.

In related news, EVP Tullier Kelly Mahon sold 91,046 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $156.29, for a total transaction of $14,229,579.34. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 120,602 shares in the company, valued at $18,848,886.58. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Vice Chairman Ellen Richey sold 81,005 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.99, for a total transaction of $11,339,889.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 193,531 shares of company stock worth $28,797,949 over the last quarter. Insiders own 0.17% of the company’s stock.

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About Visa

Visa Inc operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities. It operates VisaNet, a processing network that enables authorization, clearing, and settlement of payment transactions; and offers fraud protection for account holders and assured payment for merchants.

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