Jefferies Group LLC Reaffirms “Buy” Rating for Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB)

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at Jefferies Group LLC in a report released on Thursday, August 3rd. They presently have a $52.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group LLC’s price objective suggests a potential upside of 69.60% from the stock’s current price.

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Viacom in a research note on Monday, June 12th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Viacom from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Royal Bank Of Canada dropped their price objective on shares of Viacom from $35.00 to $30.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, May 15th. BMO Capital Markets dropped their price target on shares of Viacom from $44.00 to $42.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Rosenblatt Securities restated an “underweight” rating on shares of Viacom in a research note on Friday, April 14th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. Viacom currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $42.14.

Shares of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) traded up 1.96% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $30.66. 3,680,002 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a market cap of $12.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.44 and a beta of 1.57. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $34.02 and a 200 day moving average of $38.99. Viacom has a 12 month low of $29.65 and a 12 month high of $46.72.

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $1.17 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.12. Viacom had a net margin of 11.04% and a return on equity of 30.89%. The firm had revenue of $3.36 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.29 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.05 earnings per share. Viacom’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Viacom will post $3.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised its position in shares of Viacom by 7.8% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 12,272 shares of the company’s stock worth $431,000 after buying an additional 890 shares during the last quarter. Kentucky Retirement Systems bought a new stake in shares of Viacom during the fourth quarter worth $885,000. Kentucky Retirement Systems Insurance Trust Fund bought a new stake in shares of Viacom during the fourth quarter worth $395,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Viacom by 55.6% in the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 24,325 shares of the company’s stock worth $853,000 after buying an additional 8,691 shares during the period. Finally, Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Viacom by 3.2% in the first quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 300,003 shares of the company’s stock worth $13,987,000 after buying an additional 9,263 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.38% of the company’s stock.

About Viacom

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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