News headlines about Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xcel Energy earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.6304660464908 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Xcel Energy (NYSE XEL) traded down $0.67 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $45.03. 421,547 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,190,460. 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 company has a market capitalization of $23,204.77, a P/E ratio of 19.53, a PEG ratio of 3.41 and a beta of 0.21. Xcel Energy has a one year low of $40.43 and a one year high of $52.22.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Saturday, January 20th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 28th were issued a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 27th. Xcel Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 61.54%.

XEL has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Xcel Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Xcel Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $53.00 target price on the stock. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Xcel Energy from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Xcel Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, January 15th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price target on shares of Xcel Energy in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $48.91.

In related news, Director Timothy V. Wolf sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.48, for a total transaction of $148,440.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,700 shares in the company, valued at $183,076. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Marvin E. Jr. Mcdaniel sold 5,176 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.07, for a total transaction of $264,338.32. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 81,371 shares in the company, valued at $4,155,616.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 28,363 shares of company stock worth $1,415,265. 0.22% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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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