Traders bought shares of Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) on weakness during trading on Friday. $57.81 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $28.26 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $29.55 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Duke Energy Corp. had the 17th highest net in-flow for the day. Duke Energy Corp. traded down ($1.13) for the day and closed at $81.65

Several equities analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Duke Energy Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Mizuho raised their target price on Duke Energy Corp. from $75.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. Argus restated a “hold” rating on shares of Duke Energy Corp. in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Howard Weil raised their target price on Duke Energy Corp. from $78.00 to $88.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Monday, August 8th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. raised their target price on Duke Energy Corp. from $72.00 to $82.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $80.53.

The company has a 50 day moving average price of $84.76 and a 200 day moving average price of $80.37. The company has a market capitalization of $56.25 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.58.

Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $1.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.06. The company earned $5.10 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.71 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.95 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Duke Energy Corp. will post $4.61 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 16th. Investors of record on Friday, August 12th will be paid a $0.855 dividend. This represents a $3.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.19%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 10th. This is a positive change from Duke Energy Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.83.

In other Duke Energy Corp. news, EVP Douglas F. Esamann sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.58, for a total transaction of $253,740.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 50,609 shares in the company, valued at $4,280,509.22. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director E Marie Mckee sold 1,558 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.66, for a total value of $119,436.28. Following the sale, the director now owns 1 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $76.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK boosted its stake in Duke Energy Corp. by 10.0% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 473,562 shares of the company’s stock valued at $35,545,000 after buying an additional 43,154 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its stake in Duke Energy Corp. by 52.2% in the fourth quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 43,738 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,122,000 after buying an additional 14,994 shares during the last quarter. Andra AP fonden boosted its stake in Duke Energy Corp. by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 432,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $30,848,000 after buying an additional 4,000 shares during the last quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in Duke Energy Corp. by 16.0% in the fourth quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 119,402 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,524,000 after buying an additional 16,461 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Suntrust Banks Inc. boosted its stake in Duke Energy Corp. by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 487,672 shares of the company’s stock valued at $34,814,000 after buying an additional 13,467 shares during the last quarter.

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company’s segments include Regulated Utilities, International Energy and Commercial Portfolio. Duke Energy’s subsidiaries include its subsidiary registrants: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke Energy Carolinas); Progress Energy, Inc (Progress Energy); Duke Energy Progress, LLC (Duke Energy Progress); Duke Energy Florida, LLC (Duke Energy Florida); Duke Energy Ohio, Inc (Duke Energy Ohio), and Duke Energy Indiana, Inc (Duke Energy Indiana).

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