Telefonica (TEF) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows

News headlines about Telefonica (NYSE:TEF) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Telefonica earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.0703293425111 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Telefonica (TEF) traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $9.43. 1,095,136 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,721,408. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79, a quick ratio of 0.62 and a current ratio of 0.67. The firm has a market capitalization of $47,254.61, a PE ratio of 18.86 and a beta of 1.27. Telefonica has a twelve month low of $8.99 and a twelve month high of $11.64.

Several brokerages have commented on TEF. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Telefonica from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. Sanford C. Bernstein cut shares of Telefonica from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Citigroup upgraded shares of Telefonica to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 17th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. DZ Bank reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Telefonica in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Finally, Barclays upgraded shares of Telefonica from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.70.

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Telefonica Company Profile

Telefonica, SA is an integrated and diversified telecommunications group operating in Europe and Latin America. The Company’s services and products include Mobile business, Fixed-line telephony business and Digital services. Its segments include Telefonica Spain, Telefonica Brazil, Telefonica Germany, Telefonica United Kingdom and Telefonica Hispanoamerica (formed by the Company’s operators in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Central America, Ecuador and Uruguay).

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