News headlines about NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) have been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty 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 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.4966701148593 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

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

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) traded up $0.97 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $27.89. The stock had a trading volume of 5,427,399 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,866,918. NRG Energy has a 12 month low of $14.52 and a 12 month high of $29.78. The firm has a market capitalization of $8,858.92, a PE ratio of -4.10 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.99, a quick ratio of 1.11 and a current ratio of 1.33.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 1st were issued a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, January 31st. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.43%. NRG Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -1.76%.

NRG Energy declared that its board has approved a stock buyback plan on Thursday, March 1st that allows the company to repurchase $1.00 billion in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the utilities provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on NRG shares. Zacks Investment Research raised NRG Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. ValuEngine cut NRG Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. UBS Group started coverage on NRG Energy in a report on Friday, February 23rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $33.00 price target for the company. Finally, TheStreet cut NRG Energy from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a report on Thursday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $26.88.

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NRG Energy Company Profile

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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