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Shares of Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eighteen ratings firms that are covering the stock, American Banking News.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating on the company.

Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO) opened at 18.68 on Monday. Pearson PLC has a 52 week low of $16.58 and a 52 week high of $22.40. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $19.1 and a 200-day moving average of $18.48. The company has a market cap of $15.127 billion and a P/E ratio of 11.52.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $0.2888 per share. This represents a yield of 2.98%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 13th.

A number of research firms have recently commented on PSO. Analysts at Beaufort Securities reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Pearson PLC in a research note on Monday, July 28th. Separately, analysts at Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Pearson PLC in a research note on Monday, July 28th. Finally, analysts at Numis Securities Ltd reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Pearson PLC in a research note on Friday, July 25th.

Pearson plc (NYSE:PSO) is an international media and education company with its principal operations in the education, business information and consumer publishing markets.

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