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:
- One Stock with Low Beta value: Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) expected to achieve 4.30% earnings growth for this year – Wallstreet Investorplace (wallstreetinvestorplace.com)
- The $0.38 mark is well within reach for Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL). – The Louisville Oracle (louisvilleoracle.com)
- Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for March 14, 2018 – Nasdaq (nasdaq.com)
- Analysts’ Recommendation in Spotlight: Xcel Energy Inc (NASDAQ: XEL) – Alpha Beta Stock (alphabetastock.com)
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.
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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