Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) Earning Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) have trended somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment. InfoTrie identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Royal Dutch Shell earned a news sentiment score of -1.17 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave headlines about the company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Royal Dutch Shell stock traded down GBX 128 ($1.67) during midday trading on Thursday, reaching GBX 2,466 ($32.22). 7,761,420 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,420,000. The company has a current ratio of 1.16, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 46.21. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of GBX 2,561.67. The firm has a market cap of $106.25 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 871.38. Royal Dutch Shell has a fifty-two week low of GBX 2,209.50 ($28.87) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 2,687 ($35.11).

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 23rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a yield of 1.48%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 15th. Royal Dutch Shell’s payout ratio is 52.30%.

Several analysts have commented on RDSA shares. Credit Suisse Group lowered their target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 3,175 ($41.49) to GBX 3,090 ($40.38) and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, July 10th. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 2,900 ($37.89) target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research report on Wednesday, May 29th. Jefferies Financial Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research report on Friday, July 12th. Royal Bank of Canada dropped their target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 2,800 ($36.59) to GBX 2,750 ($35.93) and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 18th. Finally, HSBC boosted their target price on shares of Royal Dutch Shell from GBX 2,840 ($37.11) to GBX 2,875 ($37.57) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of GBX 2,978.50 ($38.92).

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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