News headlines about PPL (NYSE:PPL) 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. PPL earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9924806541901 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:

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on PPL shares. Macquarie cut shares of PPL from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $30.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of PPL from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $39.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. SunTrust Banks started coverage on shares of PPL in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. They set a “buy” rating and a $43.00 price objective on the stock. Guggenheim reissued a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 price objective on shares of PPL in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of PPL from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $38.50.

Shares of PPL (PPL) traded down $0.41 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $31.60. 636,725 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 6,520,797. The firm has a market cap of $21,770.00, a P/E ratio of 14.31, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.48. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79. PPL has a 1-year low of $30.44 and a 1-year high of $40.20.

PPL (NYSE:PPL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.85 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.03 billion. PPL had a net margin of 20.60% and a return on equity of 15.30%. PPL’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.63 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that PPL will post 2.18 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th were issued a dividend of $0.395 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.58 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.00%. PPL’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 71.49%.

In other PPL news, SVP Joanne H. Raphael sold 5,045 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $31.60, for a total transaction of $159,422.00. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 24,080 shares in the company, valued at approximately $760,928. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Chairman Victor A. Staffieri sold 19,524 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.60, for a total transaction of $616,958.40. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 29,084 shares in the company, valued at $919,054.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 0.40% of the company’s stock.

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About PPL

PPL Corporation (PPL) is a utility holding company. Through its subsidiaries, PPL delivers electricity to customers in the United Kingdom, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee; delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky, and generates electricity from power plants in Kentucky. PPL operates through U.K.

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