Media stories about Calpine (NYSE:CPN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Calpine earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.0551478169578 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Several analysts recently commented on CPN shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Calpine from a “strong sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 13th. SunTrust Banks restated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Calpine in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and set a $15.25 price target on shares of Calpine in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Ten investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Calpine currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $15.08.

Shares of Calpine (NYSE:CPN) traded down $0.02 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $15.07. 2,461,192 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 8,380,711. Calpine has a 1-year low of $9.30 and a 1-year high of $15.16. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,430.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -215.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.90 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a current ratio of 1.33, a quick ratio of 1.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.39.

In other news, EVP W. Thaddeus Miller sold 177,627 shares of Calpine stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.12, for a total value of $2,685,720.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Thad Hill sold 38,304 shares of Calpine stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, December 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.08, for a total transaction of $577,624.32. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 559,237 shares in the company, valued at approximately $8,433,293.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Calpine Company Profile

Calpine Corporation is a power generation company. The Company is engaged in the ownership and operation of primarily natural gas-fired and geothermal power plants in North America. The Company’s segments include West (including geothermal), Texas and East (including Canada). In the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the Company has generating units capable of burning either natural gas or fuel oil.

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