NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) shares were up 5.4% on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $14.54 and last traded at $14.52, with a volume of 2,181,232 shares. The stock had previously closed at $13.77.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on NRG shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of NRG Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 21st. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $14.00 target price (up from $13.00) on shares of NRG Energy in a research note on Friday, June 10th. SunTrust Banks Inc. raised their target price on shares of NRG Energy from $13.00 to $14.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of NRG Energy in a research note on Tuesday, April 5th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of NRG Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $19.85.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $14.56 and its 200-day moving average is $13.60. The company’s market capitalization is $4.45 billion.

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.18. The business earned $3.23 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.29 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.37) earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 15.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that NRG Energy Inc. will post $1.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 1st will be given a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 28th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.85%.

In related news, Director Thomas H. Weidemeyer sold 3,182 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $17.24, for a total transaction of $54,857.68. Following the transaction, the director now owns 58,705 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,012,074.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP David Callen sold 1,968 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.51, for a total transaction of $30,523.68. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 30,042 shares in the company, valued at approximately $465,951.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its position in shares of NRG Energy by 35.3% in the fourth quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 2,300,938 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,082,000 after buying an additional 600,000 shares during the last quarter. Russell Frank Co increased its position in shares of NRG Energy by 75.9% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 284,060 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,151,000 after buying an additional 122,529 shares during the last quarter. Alpine Woods Capital Investors LLC increased its position in shares of NRG Energy by 14.0% in the fourth quarter. Alpine Woods Capital Investors LLC now owns 128,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,514,000 after buying an additional 15,800 shares during the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of NRG Energy by 48.6% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 1,136,719 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,379,000 after buying an additional 371,919 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its position in shares of NRG Energy by 19.4% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 516,771 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,082,000 after buying an additional 83,920 shares during the last quarter.

NRG Energy, Inc (NRG) is an integrated power company that produces, sells and delivers energy, and energy products and services in various power markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include NRG Business, which includes power generation, the carbon capture business and energy services; NRG Home, which includes NRG Home Retail, which consists of residential retail services and products, and NRG Home Solar, which includes the installation and leasing of residential solar services; NRG Renew, which includes solar and wind assets, excluding those in the NRG Yield and NRG Home Solar segments; NRG Yield, and corporate activities.

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