Spark Energy (NASDAQ:SPKE) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about Spark Energy (NASDAQ:SPKE) has been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Spark Energy earned a news impact score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.2986641677699 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Several equities analysts have weighed in on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Spark Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday. BidaskClub raised Spark Energy from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 14th. B. Riley reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Spark Energy in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut Spark Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 9th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Spark Energy from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $21.79.

Spark Energy stock traded up $0.35 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $11.45. The stock had a trading volume of 191,846 shares, compared to its average volume of 257,516. Spark Energy has a twelve month low of $8.60 and a twelve month high of $23.65. The stock has a market capitalization of $388.86, a P/E ratio of -23.85 and a beta of -1.86. The company has a current ratio of 1.96, a quick ratio of 1.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 16th. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd were issued a $0.1813 dividend. This represents a $0.73 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.33%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 1st. Spark Energy’s payout ratio is currently -152.08%.

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About Spark Energy

Spark Energy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retail energy services company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Retail Electricity and Retail Natural Gas. The company is involved in the retail distribution of electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

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