PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) Receives Daily Media Impact Score of 2.00

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News stories about PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) have been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. PepsiCo earned a coverage optimism score of 2.00 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted PepsiCo’s ranking:

PEP opened at $117.80 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 1.31 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.95. The company has a market cap of $166.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.54, a P/E/G ratio of 2.95 and a beta of 0.60. PepsiCo has a 52 week low of $95.94 and a 52 week high of $122.51.

PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 2nd. The company reported $1.59 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.02. PepsiCo had a return on equity of 73.27% and a net margin of 7.66%. The firm had revenue of $16.49 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $16.38 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.48 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that PepsiCo will post 5.65 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 7th. Investors of record on Friday, December 7th will be issued a $0.9275 dividend. This represents a $3.71 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.15%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 6th. PepsiCo’s dividend payout ratio is currently 70.94%.

PEP has been the topic of several research analyst reports. BidaskClub raised PepsiCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 26th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on PepsiCo from $110.00 to $109.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded PepsiCo from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $126.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Macquarie downgraded PepsiCo from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $122.00 to $107.00 in a research report on Friday, October 5th. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares dropped their price objective on PepsiCo from $136.00 to $135.00 and set a “positive” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. PepsiCo currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $117.89.

In related news, CEO Mike Spanos sold 20,074 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $112.42, for a total value of $2,256,719.08. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 35,520 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,993,158.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Mehmood Khan sold 168,295 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.12, for a total value of $18,532,645.40. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 173,702 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,128,064.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 205,893 shares of company stock worth $22,663,157. Insiders own 0.27% of the company’s stock.

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About PepsiCo

PepsiCo, Inc operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips; Doritos, Tostitos, and Santitas tortilla chips; and Cheetos snacks, branded dips, and Fritos corn chips. The company's Quaker Foods North America segment provides cereals, rice, pasta, mixes and syrups, granola bars, grits, oat squares, oatmeal, rice cakes, simply granola, and side dishes under the brands Quaker, Aunt Jemima, Cap'n crunch, life, Quaker Chewy, and Rice-A-Roni.

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