BCE (BCE) – Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Updates

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for BCE (TSE: BCE):

  • 2/11/2019 – BCE had its price target raised by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from C$59.00 to C$62.00.
  • 2/8/2019 – BCE had its price target raised by analysts at TD Securities from C$56.00 to C$58.00. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 2/8/2019 – BCE had its price target raised by analysts at Cormark from C$59.00 to C$61.00.
  • 2/8/2019 – BCE had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada from C$59.00 to C$60.00.
  • 1/4/2019 – BCE was downgraded by analysts at National Bank Financial from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating. They now have a C$58.00 price target on the stock, down previously from C$60.00.

Shares of BCE stock traded down C$0.34 during trading hours on Monday, hitting C$57.00. 1,205,726 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,610,585. The firm has a market cap of $51.49 billion and a P/E ratio of 18.68. BCE Inc. has a 1 year low of C$50.72 and a 1 year high of C$57.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 115.69, a current ratio of 0.58 and a quick ratio of 0.45.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.7925 per share. This is a positive change from BCE’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.76. This represents a $3.17 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 14th. BCE’s dividend payout ratio is presently 98.98%.

In related news, Director Robert Simmonds sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$18.67, for a total value of C$46,675.00. Also, insider Glen Leblanc sold 7,471 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of C$57.00, for a total transaction of C$425,847.00. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 85,821 shares of company stock worth $4,779,285.

BCE Inc, a telecommunications and media company, provides wireless, wireline, Internet, and television (TV) services to residential, business, and wholesale customers in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Bell Wireless, Bell Wireline, and Bell Media. The Bell Wireless segment offers integrated digital wireless voice and data communications products and services.

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