Bank of Montreal Can raised its holdings in Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) by 30.7% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 389,049 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 91,362 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can’s holdings in Sempra Energy were worth $41,598,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Chartist Inc. CA boosted its position in shares of Sempra Energy by 0.4% during the second quarter. Chartist Inc. CA now owns 2,885 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $325,000 after buying an additional 11 shares during the period. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Sempra Energy by 1.0% during the second quarter. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. now owns 4,549 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $513,000 after buying an additional 44 shares during the period. Peapack Gladstone Financial Corp boosted its position in shares of Sempra Energy by 1.6% during the second quarter. Peapack Gladstone Financial Corp now owns 4,080 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $460,000 after buying an additional 65 shares during the period. Laurel Wealth Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Sempra Energy by 0.5% during the second quarter. Laurel Wealth Advisors Inc. now owns 14,125 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $1,592,000 after buying an additional 70 shares during the period. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its position in shares of Sempra Energy by 0.9% during the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 10,608 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $1,196,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the period. 80.55% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Sempra Energy (NYSE SRE) opened at $105.99 on Monday. Sempra Energy has a 52-week low of $99.71 and a 52-week high of $122.97. The company has a current ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 0.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96. The company has a market capitalization of $29,117.89, a P/E ratio of 23.50, a P/E/G ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.62.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The utilities provider reported $1.04 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.04. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 10.22%. The firm had revenue of $2.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.64 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.02 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Sempra Energy will post 5.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were given a dividend of $0.8225 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. This represents a $3.29 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.10%. Sempra Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.95%.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Sempra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $121.00 price objective (down from $130.00) on shares of Sempra Energy in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Bank of America cut Sempra Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $112.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Thursday, December 28th. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price target on Sempra Energy from $123.00 to $124.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $122.33.

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Sempra Energy Profile

Sempra Energy is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE)

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