Duke Energy (DUK) Receives News Impact Score of 0.22

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 …

Duke Energy logoNews 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:

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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Spectrum Auction Garners $92.6m

Optus, Telstra, TPG, NBN Co and Vodafone have between them coughed up $92.6 million in licence fees for spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in the Australian Comms and Media Authority’s … Telstra spent $72.5m, Vodafone $7.3m, Optus $6.5m, NBN Co $4m and TPG $2.3m.

Optus, Telstra, TPG, NBN Co and Vodafone have between them coughed up $92.6 million in licence fees for spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in the Australian Comms and Media Authority’s latest auction.



The auction process used a simple clock auction (SCA) format. The auction commenced on November 28 and concluded on December 12 after 85 rounds.




A total price of approximately $92.6 million will be paid by bidders for this spectrum.




ACMA chair Nerida O’Loughlin said there was strong competition for the spectrum, in the 1800MHz, 2GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Telstra spent $72.5m, Vodafone $7.3m, Optus $6.5m, NBN Co $4m and TPG $2.3m.




Telstra paid the highest price for a single licence: $50 million for 3.4GHz spectrum in Brisbane.




Optus paid $6.5m for spectrum in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Vodafone spent $7.2m for spectrum in Hobart, Darwin and regional WA.

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Blue Apron (APRN) Trading Up 6% After Insider Buying Activity

Also, major shareholder First Round Capital Iv, L.P. sold 1,460,435 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.26, for a total transaction of $4,761,018.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 …

Blue Apron logoBlue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:APRN) was up 6% during mid-day trading on Thursday after an insider bought additional shares in the company. The stock traded as high as $4.29 and last traded at $4.21. Approximately 3,530,511 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 15% from the average daily volume of 3,075,962 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.97.

Specifically, SVP Timothy J. Smith acquired 25,000 shares of Blue Apron stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $3.89 per share, for a total transaction of $97,250.00. Following the acquisition, the senior vice president now owns 28,386 shares in the company, valued at $110,421.54. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, major shareholder First Round Capital Iv, L.P. sold 1,460,435 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $3.26, for a total transaction of $4,761,018.10. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders purchased 245,000 shares of company stock worth $959,450 and sold 2,010,459 shares worth $6,446,924.

Several analysts recently issued reports on APRN shares. Stifel Nicolaus lowered shares of Blue Apron from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $8.00 to $6.00 in a report on Friday, August 18th. CIBC reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Blue Apron in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Oppenheimer reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Blue Apron in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Blue Apron from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on shares of Blue Apron in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $7.04.

The company has a current ratio of 3.15, a quick ratio of 2.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48.

Blue Apron (NYSE:APRN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported ($0.47) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.43) by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $210.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $191.47 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned ($0.56) EPS. Blue Apron’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. will post -1.66 EPS for the current year.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Bank of New York Mellon Corp acquired a new position in shares of Blue Apron during the third quarter worth about $120,000. Royal Bank of Canada acquired a new position in shares of Blue Apron during the second quarter worth about $141,000. BBR Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of Blue Apron during the third quarter worth about $147,000. Legal & General Group Plc acquired a new position in shares of Blue Apron during the second quarter worth about $187,000. Finally, DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale acquired a new position in shares of Blue Apron during the second quarter worth about $220,000. 58.35% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Blue Apron Company Profile

Blue Apron Holdings, Inc is a holding company. The Company is focused on providing recipes and fresh ingredients for making home cooking accessible. The Company offers under a novel business model in which it source, process, store and package meal ingredients and ship them directly to consumers. The Company’s core products include Meals and Wine.

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NBN speed monitoring key to keeping the bastards honest

Comparing broadband to the water flowing from your kitchen tap works well as an analogy, so let’s stick with it. NBN is building fat water pipes to our homes, but we don’t buy our water directly from NBN. Instead we sign up with a water retailer – like Telstra, Optus or TPG – that uses the NBN’s pipes to …

As NBN drops wholesale prices, real-world speed monitoring by Australian consumer watchdogs the ACCC and Choice magazine should ensure retailers don’t drip feed us bandwidth and pocket the savings.

NBN’s latest pricing changes are complicated but, for those playing along at home, the most important thing to understand is that the changes aren’t about increasing your monthly home download limit. Nor are they about boosting your maximum potential download speeds.

New NBN pricing aims to ensure that your broadband doesn't slow to a trickle on Friday nights - but only if the ...

New NBN pricing aims to ensure that your broadband doesn’t slow to a trickle on Friday nights – but only if the retailers get onboard. Photo: Adam Turner

Instead the changes are about easing congestion to ensure that your home broadband connection doesn’t slow to a trickle on a Friday night when everyone in your street is watching Netflix.

Go with the flow

Comparing broadband to the water flowing from your kitchen tap works well as an analogy, so let’s stick with it.

NBN is building fat water pipes to our homes, but we don’t buy our water directly from NBN. Instead we sign up with a water retailer – like Telstra, Optus or TPG – that uses the NBN’s pipes to reach our home.

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NBN charges the retailer an access fee to reach your home, plus it charges the retailer for the amount of water that’s made available in your area to share between its customers.

One problem with this model is that it encourages retailers to buy as little water as possible. To be fair, they know that every household doesn’t leave every tap running full blast all day and all night. To buy enough water to cover that would cost a fortune, so instead they crunch the numbers and buy just enough water to keep most homes happy most of the time.

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Of course there’s always the temptation for retailers to be stingy when it comes to allocating enough water to your area in the hope that customers don’t complain too much. Or that demanding customers go elsewhere, so they can just keep screwing people who don’t know any better.

The stingy retailers sometimes try to keep customers happy by offering “unlimited” plans, meaning you can use as much water as you want – which is meaningless if the flow becomes a trickle when you need it most.

The blame game

The new NBN wholesale pricing is designed to make water more affordable for retailers so they’re not so stingy. To ensure they don’t simply pocket all the savings, NBN’s new 50 and 100 Mbps wholesale plans also tie access and bandwidth charges together – forcing retailers to allocate more water per house. NBN is also dropping the price of additional water.

If retailers pass on the savings, the new pricing will make the 50 and 100 Mbps plans more attractive for your average home – also helping to ease the broadband squeeze in busy households.

Don’t presume that your telco will automatically put you on a better deal, especially if you’re on a long-term contract, you’ll need to hassle them about it. Some of the changes won’t kick in until the middle of next year.

So when you turn on the tap and not enough water comes out, who do you blame? The retailers are quick to blame the NBN pipes, which is some cases is fair because the rollout has seen more than its fair share of troubles.

Your retailer is hoping that you’ll just put up with poor service because switching to another retailer won’t make a difference if the problem with your broadband is the NBN pipe in the street. Yet switching to another retailer will make a huge difference if the problem is that your retailer hasn’t bought enough bandwidth for you and your neighbours to share.

Time to shop around

So how can you tell when it’s time to ditch your stingy NBN retailer? Under pressure from the ACCC, the retailers are starting to list likely real-world speeds alongside their plans.

For example, Telstra and Optus predict that peak-time average download speeds are only 60 per cent of your plan’s full potential – so your 50 Mbps plan slows to around 30 Mbps on a Friday night.

That doesn’t sound so bad, but in actually fact the bandwidth dries up completely in many homes – especially if their retailer isn’t paying for enough bandwidth to share between their customers in that neighbourhood.

There’s no way to know how much bandwidth your retailer is buying in your area. NBN and the government can’t force them to offer more bandwidth but the watchdogs can name and shame those retailers which skimp, with the broadband speed monitoring programs from the ACCC and Choice next year helping shed some light on the issue.

They’re both installing tiny boxes at thousands of homes across the country, running a speed test every hour or so – all day and all night – to see if broadband connections are living up to their promises. Spread across different suburbs, telcos and connection technologies, these results will make it much easier to tell whether a stingy retailer is one cause of your broadband woes.

How is the NBN in your neighbourhood? Have you considered ditching your retailer?

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage …

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing logo News coverage about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and …

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing logoNews coverage about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the semiconductor company an impact score of 46.4134084357756 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (NYSE:TSM) traded up $0.11 on Thursday, hitting $39.40. The stock had a trading volume of 4,737,556 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,787,881. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a 1 year low of $28.50 and a 1 year high of $43.02. The stock has a market capitalization of $203,809.80, a P/E ratio of 18.36, a P/E/G ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, a quick ratio of 2.11 and a current ratio of 2.36.

A number of brokerages recently commented on TSM. Morgan Stanley downgraded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, November 27th. Daiwa Capital Markets lowered Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing in a report on Friday, October 20th. J P Morgan Chase & Co raised Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 13th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $27.00.

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About Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC) is a semiconductor foundry. The Company is engaged in the manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing and computer-aided design of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices and the manufacturing of masks. It operates through foundry segment.

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