Xcel Energy (XEL) Receives Daily Media Impact Rating of 0.20

Press coverage about Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xcel Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.8269231379841 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Xcel Energy (NYSE XEL) traded up $0.48 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $44.13. The company had a trading volume of 6,300,607 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,777,530. Xcel Energy has a fifty-two week low of $41.51 and a fifty-two week high of $52.22. The firm has a market capitalization of $22,160.00, a P/E ratio of 19.19, a PEG ratio of 3.18 and a beta of 0.18. The company has a current ratio of 0.87, a quick ratio of 0.68 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The utilities provider reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $2.80 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.84 billion. Xcel Energy had a net margin of 10.06% and a return on equity of 10.44%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.45 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Xcel Energy will post 2.44 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 20th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.44%. This is an increase from Xcel Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. Xcel Energy’s payout ratio is presently 66.09%.

XEL has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded Xcel Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research raised Xcel Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 15th. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Xcel Energy from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $44.00 target price on shares of Xcel Energy in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of Xcel Energy in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $48.00.

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Xcel Energy Company Profile

Xcel Energy Inc is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operations include the activity of four utility subsidiaries that serve electric and natural gas customers in eight states. The Company’s segments include regulated electric utility, regulated natural gas utility and all other. The Company’s utility subsidiaries include NSP-Minnesota, NSP-Wisconsin, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and Southwestern Public Service Co (SPS), which serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

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