Xcel Energy (XEL) Earns Daily News Impact Score of 0.20

News articles about Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xcel Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.4197720383921 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Xcel Energy (NYSE XEL) traded up $0.38 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $43.66. 3,242,354 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,910,000. 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 has a 12-month low of $41.51 and a 12-month high of $52.22. The company has a market capitalization of $22,170.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.18 and a beta of 0.18.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 20th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This is an increase from Xcel Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.36. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.48%. Xcel Energy’s dividend payout ratio is presently 62.61%.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on XEL shares. SunTrust Banks set a $42.00 price target on shares of Xcel Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 17th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Xcel Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, December 31st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Xcel Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 15th. UBS Group started coverage on shares of Xcel Energy in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $47.00 target price for the company. Finally, Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of Xcel Energy from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $48.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.00.

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About Xcel Energy

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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