Media headlines about NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NextEra Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.2593798110378 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

NextEra Energy (NEE) opened at $158.14 on Friday. NextEra Energy has a twelve month low of $127.09 and a twelve month high of $159.64. The company has a current ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.52 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.07. The firm has a market capitalization of $74,390.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.59 and a beta of 0.32.

NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Friday, January 26th. The utilities provider reported $1.25 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.31 by ($0.06). NextEra Energy had a return on equity of 11.50% and a net margin of 31.28%. The company had revenue of $4.01 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.18 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.21 earnings per share. NextEra Energy’s revenue was up 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that NextEra Energy will post 7.73 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 27th were given a $1.11 dividend. This represents a $4.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.81%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, February 26th. This is an increase from NextEra Energy’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.98. NextEra Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 38.98%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on NextEra Energy from $170.00 to $168.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. ValuEngine raised NextEra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded NextEra Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS Group initiated coverage on NextEra Energy in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. They set a “buy” rating and a $177.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Guggenheim reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $182.00 price target on shares of NextEra Energy in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and sixteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $161.75.

In other NextEra Energy news, insider Manoochehr K. Nazar sold 13,890 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, February 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $155.64, for a total transaction of $2,161,839.60. Following the sale, the insider now owns 142,429 shares in the company, valued at $22,167,649.56. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Charles E. Sieving sold 2,844 shares of NextEra Energy stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $154.67, for a total value of $439,881.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 48,966 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,573,571.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 25,984 shares of company stock worth $4,006,149 in the last quarter. 0.53% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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NextEra Energy Company Profile

NextEra Energy, Inc (NEE) is a holding company. The Company is an electric power companies in North America and, through its subsidiary NextEra Energy Resources, LLC (NEER) and its affiliated entities, is the generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. NEE also owns and/or operates generation, transmission and distribution facilities to support its services to retail and wholesale customers, and has investments in gas infrastructure assets.

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