News headlines about Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Duke Energy earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.8731158209658 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of research firms have commented on DUK. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $79.00 target price on shares of Duke Energy in a research note on Sunday. Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Duke Energy from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and cut their price objective for the company from $91.00 to $83.00 in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Duke Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, January 15th. Goldman Sachs Group lowered shares of Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $80.11 to $88.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Guggenheim reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $96.00 target price on shares of Duke Energy in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.41.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) traded down $0.04 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $77.25. The company had a trading volume of 883,961 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,606,830. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 0.71 and a quick ratio of 0.41. The company has a market capitalization of $54,100.00, a P/E ratio of 20.29, a P/E/G ratio of 4.09 and a beta of 0.26. Duke Energy has a 12-month low of $76.28 and a 12-month high of $91.80.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.03. Duke Energy had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 9.09%. The firm had revenue of $6.48 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.43 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.68 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Duke Energy will post 4.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be paid a $0.89 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.61%. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 93.44%.

In other news, EVP Lloyd M. Yates sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total transaction of $449,750.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 0.07% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Duke Energy Company Profile

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

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