News headlines about ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ONEOK earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.420355555378 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of ONEOK (OKE) traded down $0.24 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $59.91. 520,244 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,609,070. The firm has a market cap of $23,010.00, a P/E ratio of 37.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a quick ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47. ONEOK has a 1-year low of $47.14 and a 1-year high of $61.36.

ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The utilities provider reported $0.43 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.49 by ($0.06). The firm had revenue of $2.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.80 billion. ONEOK had a net margin of 3.76% and a return on equity of 9.25%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.43 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that ONEOK will post 1.77 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 14th. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.77 per share. This is an increase from ONEOK’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.75. This represents a $3.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.14%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, January 26th. ONEOK’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 186.25%.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on OKE shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of ONEOK from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Royal Bank of Canada upgraded shares of ONEOK from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on shares of ONEOK in a report on Monday, January 8th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $62.00 price objective on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of ONEOK in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 price objective on shares of ONEOK and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $60.07.

In related news, Director Brian L. Derksen bought 1,800 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $51.00 per share, for a total transaction of $91,800.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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About ONEOK

ONEOK, Inc is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions.

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