Entergy Corp. (NYSE:ETR)’s share price fell 0.2% during mid-day trading on Friday . The stock traded as low as $79.65 and last traded at $80.33, with a volume of 364,293 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $80.50.

Several research firms recently issued reports on ETR. Barclays PLC reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Entergy Corp. in a research report on Saturday, March 19th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $79.00 target price on shares of Entergy Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Entergy Corp. in a report on Wednesday, April 27th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Entergy Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. lowered shares of Entergy Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. Eleven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $78.15.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $78.11 and a 200-day moving average of $74.66. The stock’s market cap is $14.46 billion.

Entergy Corp. (NYSE:ETR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 26th. The company reported $1.35 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.23 by $0.12. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.68 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Entergy Corp. will post $5.10 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Alexis M. Herman sold 1,091 shares of Entergy Corp. stock in a transaction on Monday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.24, for a total transaction of $83,177.84. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 1,227 shares in the company, valued at approximately $93,546.48. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Charles L. Rice, Jr. sold 3,466 shares of Entergy Corp. stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.69, for a total transaction of $262,341.54. Following the sale, the insider now owns 7,645 shares in the company, valued at $578,650.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Entergy Corp. by 18.8% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 13,381,687 shares of the company’s stock valued at $914,771,000 after buying an additional 2,119,742 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in shares of Entergy Corp. by 10.7% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 956,911 shares of the company’s stock valued at $65,414,000 after buying an additional 92,351 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of Entergy Corp. by 8.0% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 713,541 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,778,000 after buying an additional 53,121 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its stake in shares of Entergy Corp. by 1.4% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 649,059 shares of the company’s stock valued at $44,371,000 after buying an additional 9,207 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK raised its stake in shares of Entergy Corp. by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 381,807 shares of the company’s stock valued at $26,749,000 after buying an additional 4,877 shares in the last quarter.

Entergy Corporation is a holding company. The Company is an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production and retail electric distribution operations. It operates through two business segments: Utility and Entergy Wholesale Commodities. The Utility segment includes the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electric power to retail and wholesale customers in areas of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans and operates a natural gas distribution business.

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