News headlines about NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NRG Energy earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.7658071818886 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) traded down $0.24 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $27.16. The stock had a trading volume of 711,021 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,915,481. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.24, a current ratio of 1.28 and a quick ratio of 1.11. NRG Energy has a twelve month low of $14.52 and a twelve month high of $29.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $8,675.98, a P/E ratio of -5.34 and a beta of 1.28.

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.12 by ($0.51). NRG Energy had a negative net margin of 13.48% and a positive return on equity of 8.82%. The company had revenue of $3.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.28 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.27 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 10.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that NRG Energy will post 0.56 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 1st will be paid a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 31st. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.44%. NRG Energy’s payout ratio is currently -2.35%.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Bank of America assumed coverage on NRG Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $31.00 price objective on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded NRG Energy from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded NRG Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of NRG Energy in a research report on Friday, October 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $24.67.

In other NRG Energy news, Director Barry T. Smitherman bought 2,541 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $28.38 per share, for a total transaction of $72,113.58. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 49,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,390,620. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.31% of the company’s stock.

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NRG Energy Company Profile

NRG Energy, Inc (NRG) is an integrated power company. The Company is engaged in producing, selling and delivering electricity and related products and services in various markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Generation, Retail, Renewables, NRG Yield, Inc (NRG Yield) and Corporate activities.

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