News headlines about NiSource (NYSE:NI) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NiSource earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3200421501784 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price on shares of NiSource in a research report on Friday, February 23rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded NiSource from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced their target price on shares of NiSource from $28.00 to $25.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Edward Jones upgraded NiSource from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of NiSource in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. NiSource presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $27.41.

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Shares of NiSource (NI) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $23.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 470,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,716,676. The stock has a market cap of $7,807.69, a PE ratio of 59.55, a P/E/G ratio of 3.27 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a current ratio of 0.55, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.74. NiSource has a 12 month low of $22.44 and a 12 month high of $27.76.

NiSource (NYSE:NI) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The utilities provider reported $0.33 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.32 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $1.37 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.35 billion. NiSource had a return on equity of 8.90% and a net margin of 2.64%. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.33 EPS. analysts predict that NiSource will post 1.29 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, February 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th were given a dividend of $0.195 per share. This represents a $0.78 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.36%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 8th. This is a positive change from NiSource’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. NiSource’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 200.01%.

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NiSource Company Profile

NiSource Inc is an energy holding company. The Company is engaged in the distribution of natural gas. The Company operates through two business segments: Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The Company’s Gas Distribution Operations segment provides natural gas service and transportation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana and Massachusetts.

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