Somewhat Critical Press Coverage Somewhat Likely to Impact Westar Energy (WR) Share Price

Press coverage about Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) has been trending somewhat negative recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Westar Energy earned a daily sentiment score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 63 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Westar Energy (NYSE:WR)

Separately, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Westar Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 7th.

Westar Energy (NYSE WR) traded up 0.02% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $53.45. The stock had a trading volume of 650,094 shares. Westar Energy has a 52 week low of $50.35 and a 52 week high of $57.50. The company has a market cap of $7.59 billion, a PE ratio of 22.36 and a beta of 0.42. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $52.66 and its 200-day moving average price is $54.14.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 3rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 9th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, June 7th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.99%. Westar Energy’s payout ratio is 66.95%.

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Westar Energy Company Profile

Westar Energy, Inc is an electric utility. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services. The Company provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Its subsidiary, Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), provides these services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita.

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