Media stories about Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sempra Energy earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.5237980468668 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- SRE Stock Crowded With Sellers (nasdaq.com)
- BRIEF-Sempra Energy Raises Maximum Borrowing Capacity Under Sempra Credit Facility From $1 Bln To $1.25 Bln (feeds.reuters.com)
- Top-notch Stocks to Watch: Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (FMSA), Sempra Energy (SRE) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- News Review: 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE:XXII), Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) – The Oracle Examiner (oracleexaminer.com)
- Sempra Energy Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.82 (NYSE:SRE) (nismagazine.com)
SRE has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Bank of America initiated coverage on Sempra Energy in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $125.00 price target for the company. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 price objective (down previously from $130.00) on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their price objective on Sempra Energy from $123.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Sempra Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $117.00 to $129.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.33.
Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The utilities provider reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.04. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 10.22%. The company had revenue of $2.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.02 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Sempra Energy will post 5.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a dividend of $0.8225 per share. This represents a $3.29 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. Sempra Energy’s dividend payout ratio is currently 72.95%.
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Sempra Energy Company Profile
Sempra Energy is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments.
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