Headlines about NiSource (NYSE:NI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NiSource earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9262452516898 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

NI has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Citigroup boosted their target price on shares of NiSource from $28.00 to $31.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of NiSource from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $26.00 price target on shares of NiSource in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $29.50 price target on shares of NiSource in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of NiSource from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $27.14.

NiSource (NYSE NI) traded down $0.24 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $23.28. 4,925,081 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,209,015. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,780.00, a P/E ratio of 28.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.84 and a beta of 0.29. The company has a current ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.72. NiSource has a 52 week low of $21.93 and a 52 week high of $27.76.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, February 20th. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.195 per share. This is an increase from NiSource’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $0.78 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.35%. NiSource’s dividend payout ratio is presently 84.34%.

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About NiSource

NiSource Inc is an energy holding company. The Company is engaged in the distribution of natural gas. The Company operates through two business segments: Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The Company’s Gas Distribution Operations segment provides natural gas service and transportation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana and Massachusetts.

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