Positive News Coverage Extremely Likely to Impact Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) Share Price

Media coverage about Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) has trended positive recently, InfoTrie reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Royal Dutch Shell earned a media sentiment score of 2.14 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Royal Dutch Shell’s ranking:

Shares of LON:RDSA traded down GBX 7.50 ($0.10) during midday trading on Friday, hitting GBX 2,282.50 ($29.82). The company had a trading volume of 4,606,210 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,420,000. Royal Dutch Shell has a 12 month low of GBX 2,209.50 ($28.87) and a 12 month high of GBX 2,687 ($35.11). The company has a current ratio of 1.10, a quick ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 47.21. The stock has a market cap of $98.26 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 919.62. The firm has a fifty day simple moving average of GBX 2,377.09 and a 200 day simple moving average of GBX 2,444.92.

The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 23rd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be given a $0.47 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 15th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.48%. Royal Dutch Shell’s dividend payout ratio is currently 62.85%.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Jefferies Financial Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 2,900 ($37.89) price target on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada cut Royal Dutch Shell to a “sector performer” rating in a report on Thursday. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Friday, July 12th. UBS Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a GBX 2,900 ($37.89) price target on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a report on Wednesday, May 29th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on 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 report on Wednesday, July 10th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of GBX 2,858.67 ($37.35).

In related news, insider Neil A. P. Carson purchased 16,000 shares of Royal Dutch Shell stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 6th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of GBX 2,326 ($30.39) per share, for a total transaction of £372,160 ($486,292.96).

About Royal Dutch Shell

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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