Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) Share Price

Media headlines about Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sempra Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.3139016205546 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Sempra Energy (SRE) opened at $106.89 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.40 and a quick ratio of 0.36. Sempra Energy has a 12 month low of $99.71 and a 12 month high of $122.97. The company has a market capitalization of $27,170.54, a PE ratio of 19.76, a PEG ratio of 2.15 and a beta of 0.62.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last issued its earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The utilities provider reported $1.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.04. The company had revenue of $2.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.64 billion. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 10.22%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.02 EPS. research analysts expect that Sempra Energy will post 5.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a dividend of $0.8225 per share. This represents a $3.29 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. Sempra Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.95%.

Several research firms recently commented on SRE. Bank of America cut Sempra Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $112.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, December 28th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their target price on Sempra Energy from $126.00 to $125.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Goldman Sachs Group raised Sempra Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $117.00 to $129.00 in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co dropped their target price on Sempra Energy from $130.00 to $128.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $122.33.

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Sempra Energy Company 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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