News coverage about Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing 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 nearest to one being the most favorable. Duke Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.9387383068261 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
- Ruling allows Duke Energy to keep solar contracts from the public in SC – Charlotte Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
- Duke Energy Not Happy with a Report Detailing Its Spending Habits … – The Independent Weekly (indyweek.com)
- Focus at Duke Energy rate hearing shifts to costs of abandoned nuclear plant – Charlotte Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
- Women who want to be CEO should take a closer look at this industry (finance.yahoo.com)
- Duke Energy CEO sees 55 percent jump in compensation (courier-tribune.com)
Shares of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) traded down $0.08 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $76.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 6,365,020 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,540,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 0.68 and a quick ratio of 0.42. The stock has a market capitalization of $53,580.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.12, a P/E/G ratio of 4.38 and a beta of 0.15. Duke Energy has a fifty-two week low of $72.93 and a fifty-two week high of $91.80.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.89 per share. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio is currently 98.34%.
DUK has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $96.00 price target on shares of Duke Energy in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Goldman Sachs Group cut shares of Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $80.11 to $88.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Duke Energy from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and cut their price target for the company from $91.00 to $83.00 in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. SunTrust Banks set a $82.00 price target on shares of Duke Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $82.00 price target (down previously from $92.00) on shares of Duke Energy in a report on Wednesday, February 21st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $86.33.
In other Duke Energy news, COO Dhiaa M. Jamil sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.08, for a total transaction of $44,540.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 34,115 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,038,964.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 0.07% of the company’s stock.
Duke Energy Company Profile
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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