Centrica (CNA) Earns “Outperform” Rating from Credit Suisse Group
Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed their outperform rating on shares of Centrica (LON:CNA) in a research note published on Thursday, August 23rd. The brokerage currently has a GBX 180 ($2.34) price target on the integrated energy company’s stock, down from their prior price target of GBX 185 ($2.41).
A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on CNA. Deutsche Bank increased their target price on Centrica from GBX 125 ($1.63) to GBX 135 ($1.76) and gave the stock a sell rating in a research note on Friday, June 22nd. Berenberg Bank lowered their target price on Centrica from GBX 240 ($3.13) to GBX 170 ($2.21) and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, July 18th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a neutral rating on shares of Centrica in a research note on Tuesday, May 15th. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded Centrica to a buy rating and raised their price objective for the stock from GBX 140 ($1.82) to GBX 165 ($2.15) in a research note on Tuesday, June 12th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered Centrica to an underweight rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of GBX 162.67 ($2.12).
Shares of CNA stock traded down GBX 1.10 ($0.01) on Thursday, hitting GBX 143.30 ($1.87). 25,383,276 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 26,600,000. Centrica has a fifty-two week low of GBX 119.71 ($1.56) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 221 ($2.88).
The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 22nd. Investors of record on Thursday, October 11th will be issued a dividend of GBX 3.60 ($0.05) per share. This represents a dividend yield of 2.48%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 11th.
In related news, insider Margherita D. Valle bought 1,259 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 25th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of GBX 157 ($2.05) per share, with a total value of £1,976.63 ($2,574.74). Also, insider Jeff Bell sold 81,009 shares of Centrica stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 147 ($1.91), for a total value of £119,083.23 ($155,116.88). In the last three months, insiders have purchased 4,249 shares of company stock worth $637,910.
Centrica Company Profile
Centrica plc operates as an integrated energy company in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Norway, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates through Centrica Consumer, Centrica Business, Exploration & Production, and Centrica Storage segments.
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