Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of September. As of September 29th, there was short interest totalling 35,856,012 shares, an increase of 5.0% from the September 15th total of 34,147,629 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 6,194,395 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 5.8 days. Approximately 3.4% of the company’s shares are sold short.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Capital Research Global Investors increased its position in shares of Twenty-First Century Fox by 20.2% in the 2nd quarter. Capital Research Global Investors now owns 85,581,646 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,425,384,000 after purchasing an additional 14,398,422 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Twenty-First Century Fox by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 67,589,972 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,915,500,000 after purchasing an additional 287,817 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Twenty-First Century Fox by 2.5% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 59,202,463 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,677,798,000 after purchasing an additional 1,432,981 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Twenty-First Century Fox by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 45,901,829 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,486,981,000 after purchasing an additional 1,152,570 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in shares of Twenty-First Century Fox by 8.7% in the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 26,630,790 shares of the company’s stock worth $754,718,000 after purchasing an additional 2,140,568 shares during the last quarter. 53.34% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Twenty-First Century Fox in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. ValuEngine raised Twenty-First Century Fox from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Twenty-First Century Fox in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Cowen and Company reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of Twenty-First Century Fox in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Twenty-First Century Fox from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $33.45.

Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ FOXA) opened at 26.11 on Thursday. The company’s 50 day moving average is $26.77 and its 200-day moving average is $28.22. Twenty-First Century Fox has a 52 week low of $24.22 and a 52 week high of $32.60. The firm has a market cap of $48.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.46 and a beta of 1.26.

Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The company reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.01. Twenty-First Century Fox had a net margin of 10.36% and a return on equity of 22.46%. The firm had revenue of $6.75 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.79 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.45 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Twenty-First Century Fox will post $2.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 18th. Investors of record on Wednesday, September 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 12th. Twenty-First Century Fox’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 22.64%.

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About Twenty-First Century Fox

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc is a media and entertainment company. The Company’s segments include Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment, and Other, Corporate and Eliminations. The Cable Network Programming segment produces and licenses news, business news, sports, general entertainment, factual entertainment and movie programming for distribution.

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