Media coverage about Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) (TSE:BEP) has been trending very positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Brookfield Renewable Partners earned a daily sentiment score of 0.57 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3740921161733 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research firms recently weighed in on BEP. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Brookfield Renewable Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Guggenheim set a $36.00 price target on Brookfield Renewable Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. National Bank Financial decreased their price target on Brookfield Renewable Partners from $36.00 to $35.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, February 7th. Raymond James Financial set a $35.00 price target on Brookfield Renewable Partners and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised Brookfield Renewable Partners from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Twelve investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Brookfield Renewable Partners has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $36.45.

Shares of Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE BEP) traded up $0.12 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $30.58. The stock had a trading volume of 41,475 shares, compared to its average volume of 107,510. Brookfield Renewable Partners has a 1 year low of $28.17 and a 1 year high of $36.00. The company has a quick ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73. The company has a market capitalization of $5,521.69, a PE ratio of -253.31 and a beta of 0.22.

Brookfield Renewable Partners announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Friday, December 22nd that permits the company to repurchase 9,000,000 outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the utilities provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be issued a $0.49 dividend. This represents a $1.96 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.41%. This is a boost from Brookfield Renewable Partners’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.47. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 27th. Brookfield Renewable Partners’s payout ratio is -1,633.20%.

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Brookfield Renewable Partners Company Profile

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P., formerly Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P., is the owner and operator of a portfolio of assets that generate electricity from renewable resources. The Company operates as a pure-play renewable power platform. Its segments include Hydroelectric, Wind, Other and Corporate.

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