News coverage about South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) has been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. South Jersey Industries earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 48.3983773770089 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

South Jersey Industries (SJI) opened at $26.25 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $2,089.37, a PE ratio of -525.00, a PEG ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a quick ratio of 0.38, a current ratio of 0.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94. South Jersey Industries has a twelve month low of $25.96 and a twelve month high of $38.40.

South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 22nd. The utilities provider reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $345.74 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $336.19 million. South Jersey Industries had a positive return on equity of 7.84% and a negative net margin of 0.28%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.42 earnings per share. research analysts expect that South Jersey Industries will post 1.57 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 19th will be issued a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 16th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.27%. South Jersey Industries’s dividend payout ratio is currently -2,240.00%.

A number of research firms have weighed in on SJI. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on South Jersey Industries from $35.00 to $30.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on South Jersey Industries from $35.00 to $31.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Hilliard Lyons downgraded South Jersey Industries from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. TheStreet downgraded South Jersey Industries from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Sidoti downgraded South Jersey Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $34.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Monday, January 8th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. South Jersey Industries currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $34.00.

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About South Jersey Industries

South Jersey Industries, Inc (SJI) is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy-related products and services, primarily through its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries include South Jersey Gas Company (SJG), South Jersey Energy Company (SJE), South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (SJRG), South Jersey Exploration, LLC (SJEX), Marina Energy, LLC (Marina), South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC (SJESP) and SJI Midstream, LLC (Midstream).

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