The Laclede Group Inc. (NYSE:SR) shares saw an uptick in trading volume on Thursday . 335,391 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 81% from the previous session’s volume of 185,585 shares.The stock last traded at $64.00 and had previously closed at $64.70.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on SR. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Laclede Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 11th. Ladenburg Thalmann began coverage on shares of The Laclede Group in a research report on Friday, August 19th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $69.00 price target on the stock. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of The Laclede Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The Laclede Group has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $67.00.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $67.48 and its 200 day moving average is $66.46. The stock has a market cap of $2.96 billion and a PE ratio of 20.35.

The Laclede Group (NYSE:SR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.33 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.27 by $0.06. The business earned $249.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $290.50 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.25 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that The Laclede Group Inc. will post $3.42 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 12th will be issued a $0.49 dividend. This represents a $1.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 8th.

Spire Inc, formerly The Laclede Group, Inc is a public utility holding company for Laclede Gas Company (Laclede Gas or the Missouri Utilities). It operates through two segments: Gas Utility and Gas Marketing. The Gas Utility segment includes the regulated operations of Laclede Gas and Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco or the Alabama Utility) (collectively, the Utilities).

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