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Shares of Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eighteen analysts that are covering the stock, AmericanBankingNews.com reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $125.00.

Shares of Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) traded down 0.53% on Friday, hitting $118.365. The stock had a trading volume of 90,536 shares. Diageo plc has a one year low of $114.51 and a one year high of $134.08. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $122.1 and a 200-day moving average of $124.1. The company has a market cap of $74.014 billion and a P/E ratio of 20.07.

The company also recently declared a special dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th. Investors of record on Friday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $2.158 per share. This represents a yield of 2.19%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 13th.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Credit Suisse reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Diageo plc in a research note on Friday, August 8th. Separately, analysts at Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Diageo plc in a research note on Friday, August 8th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Diageo plc in a research note on Thursday, August 7th. They now have a $125.00 price target on the stock.

Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) is engaged in drinks business.

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