Media headlines about Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSB) have been trending somewhat positive recently, InfoTrie reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Royal Dutch Shell earned a media sentiment score of 1.50 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the company an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is very likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Royal Dutch Shell’s ranking:

RDSB traded up GBX 29.50 ($0.39) on Thursday, hitting GBX 2,585.50 ($33.78). 4,320,105 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,080,000. The company has a quick ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 46.21. The company has a market cap of $96.66 billion and a PE ratio of 9.14. Royal Dutch Shell has a 12-month low of GBX 2,227 ($29.10) and a 12-month high of GBX 2,792.50 ($36.49).

The firm also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 24th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 16th will be given a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a yield of 1.48%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. Royal Dutch Shell’s payout ratio is 0.52%.

Several research firms recently commented on RDSB. Berenberg Bank reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Royal Dutch Shell in a research note on Thursday, April 11th. HSBC set a GBX 2,785 ($36.39) target price on Royal Dutch Shell and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 14th. Morgan Stanley set a GBX 2,490 ($32.54) target price on Royal Dutch Shell and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 9th. Credit Suisse Group set a GBX 3,175 ($41.49) price target on Royal Dutch Shell and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 22nd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group set a GBX 3,350 ($43.77) price target on Royal Dutch Shell and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, May 17th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of GBX 2,987.50 ($39.04).

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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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