Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

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Media coverage about Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) has been trending somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Royal Dutch Shell earned a coverage optimism score of 0.80 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news headlines about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of RDSA traded up GBX 36.50 ($0.48) during trading hours on Friday, hitting GBX 2,181 ($28.50). The stock had a trading volume of 4,170,926 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,420,000. Royal Dutch Shell has a 1-year low of GBX 3.05 ($0.04) and a 1-year high of GBX 2,637.50 ($34.46). The firm has a market capitalization of $91.16 billion and a P/E ratio of 868.58. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of GBX 2,276.11 and a 200-day simple moving average of GBX 2,394.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 46.18, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 0.75.

The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 18th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 14th. Royal Dutch Shell’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 58.14%.

Several brokerages have issued reports on RDSA. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 3,000 ($39.20) to GBX 2,800 ($36.59) and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 1st. Oddo Securities cut their price target on Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 2,750 ($35.93) to GBX 2,650 ($34.63) and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 1st. Royal Bank of Canada downgraded shares of Royal Dutch Shell to a “sector performer” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 12th. Main First Bank assumed coverage on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Wednesday. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a GBX 2,780 ($36.33) target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research report on Friday, November 1st. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 2,722.30 ($35.57).

Royal Dutch Shell Company Profile

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an energy and petrochemical company worldwide. The company operates through Integrated Gas, Upstream, and Downstream segments. It explores for, and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; markets and transports oil and gas; produces gas-to-liquids fuels and other products; and operates upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market.

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