Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) Stock Price Down 1.2%
Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL)’s share price fell 1.2% during trading on Monday . The stock traded as low as $42.27 and last traded at $42.27, with a volume of 1,217,177 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $42.80.
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Xcel Energy from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Xcel Energy from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and raised their price target for the stock from $39.00 to $47.00 in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Xcel Energy in a report on Tuesday, May 10th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Xcel Energy in a report on Monday, April 18th. Finally, Argus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $48.00 price target (up previously from $46.00) on shares of Xcel Energy in a report on Wednesday, June 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Xcel Energy presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of C$38.71.
The firm has a market capitalization of $21.39 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.97. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $43.73 and its 200 day moving average price is $41.48.
Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.01. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.39 earnings per share. The company had revenue of $2.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.52 billion. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts anticipate that Xcel Energy Inc. will post $2.19 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, July 20th. Investors of record on Thursday, June 16th were paid a dividend of $0.34 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.23%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, June 14th.
A number of large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in XEL. Advisors Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Xcel Energy by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 32,462 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,166,000 after buying an additional 606 shares during the last quarter. CORDA Investment Management LLC. increased its stake in Xcel Energy by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. CORDA Investment Management LLC. now owns 46,499 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,669,000 after buying an additional 930 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV increased its stake in Xcel Energy by 2.5% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 60,752 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,182,000 after buying an additional 1,475 shares during the last quarter. RS Investment Management Co. LLC acquired a new stake in Xcel Energy during the fourth quarter worth about $5,826,000. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in Xcel Energy by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 764,907 shares of the company’s stock worth $27,468,000 after buying an additional 14,453 shares during the last quarter.
Xcel Energy Inc is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operations include activity of four utility subsidiaries that serve electric and natural gas customers. Its segments are regulated electric utility, regulated natural gas utility and all other. The regulated electric utility segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.
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