Media coverage about NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NRG Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.7916721015733 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

A number of analysts have commented on NRG shares. Bank of America started coverage on NRG Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $31.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research raised NRG Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine lowered NRG Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $25.00 price objective on shares of NRG Energy in a report on Friday, October 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. NRG Energy currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $24.67.

Shares of NRG Energy (NRG) opened at $25.36 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.11, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.24. NRG Energy has a fifty-two week low of $14.52 and a fifty-two week high of $29.78. The company has a market capitalization of $8,077.53, a price-to-earnings ratio of -4.97 and a beta of 1.15.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, February 1st will be issued a $0.03 dividend. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.47%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 31st. NRG Energy’s payout ratio is currently -2.35%.

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About NRG Energy

NRG Energy, Inc (NRG) is an integrated power company. The Company is engaged in producing, selling and delivering electricity and related products and services in various markets in the United States. The Company’s segments include Generation, Retail, Renewables, NRG Yield, Inc (NRG Yield) and Corporate activities.

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