Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Western Gas Partners, (NYSE:WES) Share Price

Media coverage about Western Gas Partners, (NYSE:WES) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Western Gas Partners, earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.4630733198144 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Western Gas Partners, (WES) opened at $44.07 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $6,807.58, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.45 and a beta of 1.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 0.91 and a quick ratio of 0.91. Western Gas Partners, has a 12 month low of $43.85 and a 12 month high of $67.44.

Western Gas Partners, (NYSE:WES) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The pipeline company reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.54 by ($0.16). The firm had revenue of $574.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $536.01 million. Western Gas Partners, had a return on equity of 14.68% and a net margin of 26.41%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.54 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Western Gas Partners, will post 1.37 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 2nd were paid a dividend of $0.905 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 1st. This represents a $3.62 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 8.21%. This is an increase from Western Gas Partners,’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.89. Western Gas Partners,’s payout ratio is presently 294.31%.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the company. TheStreet lowered Western Gas Partners, from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Barclays PLC cut their target price on Western Gas Partners, from $63.00 to $62.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on Western Gas Partners, from $57.00 to $52.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered Western Gas Partners, from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus raised Western Gas Partners, from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $54.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Western Gas Partners, currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $59.64.

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Western Gas Partners, Company Profile

Western Gas Partners, LP is a master limited partnership (MLP) that acquires, owns, develops and operates midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil in the United States.

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