Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Kinder Morgan (KMI) Share Price

Media stories about Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kinder Morgan earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 46.7196942456413 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

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KMI has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Credit Suisse Group set a $22.00 price target on Kinder Morgan and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Deutsche Bank started coverage on Kinder Morgan in a report on Thursday. They set a “buy” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Kinder Morgan from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Kinder Morgan from $24.00 to $23.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Finally, UBS restated a “buy” rating and issued a $26.00 target price (down previously from $28.00) on shares of Kinder Morgan in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and sixteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Kinder Morgan has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $21.60.

Shares of NYSE:KMI traded up $0.37 on Thursday, reaching $16.54. The company had a trading volume of 21,259,963 shares, compared to its average volume of 16,771,039. Kinder Morgan has a twelve month low of $14.69 and a twelve month high of $21.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $35,341.19, a P/E ratio of 25.06, a P/E/G ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 0.44 and a quick ratio of 0.37.

Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 18th. The pipeline company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.21 by $0.01. Kinder Morgan had a return on equity of 4.38% and a net margin of 1.34%. The company had revenue of $3.42 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.56 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.17 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .2% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that Kinder Morgan will post 0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be given a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.84%. This is a boost from Kinder Morgan’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. Kinder Morgan’s payout ratio is currently 75.76%.

In related news, Director William A. Smith purchased 5,500 shares of Kinder Morgan stock in a transaction on Monday, January 22nd. The stock was bought at an average price of $19.52 per share, with a total value of $107,360.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 14,587 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $284,738.24. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 14.16% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Kinder Morgan Company Profile

Kinder Morgan, Inc operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. It operates through Natural Gas Pipelines, CO2, Terminals, Products Pipelines, and Kinder Morgan Canada segments. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment owns and operates interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline and storage systems; natural gas and crude oil gathering systems, and natural gas processing and treating facilities; natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionation facilities and transportation systems; and liquefied natural gas facilities.

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