Media coverage about Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news 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 negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Sempra Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.5162958074433 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
- BRIEF-Sempra Energy Raises Maximum Borrowing Capacity Under Sempra Credit Facility From $1 Bln To $1.25 Bln (feeds.reuters.com)
- Top-notch Stocks to Watch: Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. (FMSA), Sempra Energy (SRE) – Market Movers (financialqz.com)
- News Review: 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE:XXII), Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) – The Oracle Examiner (oracleexaminer.com)
- Sempra Energy Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.82 (NYSE:SRE) (nismagazine.com)
- Dominion Energy Has a Better Dividend Profile than Sempra (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of analysts have recently commented on SRE shares. Bank of America lowered Sempra Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $112.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Thursday, December 28th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on Sempra Energy from $126.00 to $125.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Wells Fargo & Co lowered their price target on Sempra Energy from $130.00 to $128.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised Sempra Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $117.00 to $129.00 in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Sempra Energy has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.33.
Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The utilities provider reported $1.04 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $1.04. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 10.22%. The firm had revenue of $2.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.02 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Sempra Energy will post 5.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a $0.8225 dividend. This represents a $3.29 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.09%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. Sempra Energy’s payout ratio is 72.95%.
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Sempra Energy Company Profile
Sempra Energy is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments.
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