News coverage about Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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. Duke Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.8074610447472 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- UNC Charlotte, Duke Energy Research Ties Illustrate a Delicate Dance (wfae.org)
- How Has Duke Energy Performed Recently? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Duke Energy Corp. – Value Analysis (NYSE:DUK) : December 14, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Duke Energy board appoints Robert Davis as board member (finance.yahoo.com)
- Most Duke Energy utilities rank poorly in J.D. Power business customer survey (finance.yahoo.com)
DUK has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $87.00 price objective on shares of Duke Energy in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. J P Morgan Chase & Co boosted their price objective on Duke Energy from $83.00 to $89.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on Duke Energy from $89.00 to $92.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Finally, BidaskClub raised Duke Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.21.
Shares of Duke Energy (NYSE DUK) remained flat at $$87.56 during trading on Thursday. 2,435,033 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,595,780. Duke Energy has a twelve month low of $74.95 and a twelve month high of $91.80. The firm has a market cap of $60,988.87, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.77 and a beta of 0.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a quick ratio of 0.41 and a current ratio of 0.71.
Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.59 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.03. Duke Energy had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 9.09%. The business had revenue of $6.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $7.43 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.68 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Duke Energy will post 4.56 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 18th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be paid a $0.89 dividend. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.07%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 16th. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 117.49%.
In other news, EVP Lloyd M. Yates sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total value of $449,750.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.07% of the company’s stock.
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About Duke Energy
Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.
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