Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Finds

News headlines about Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. 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 coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0378350631918 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

SRE has been the topic of several recent research reports. Bank of America initiated coverage on Sempra Energy in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $125.00 price target on the stock. UBS Group initiated coverage on Sempra Energy in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $124.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $121.00 target price (down from $130.00) on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their target price on Sempra Energy from $123.00 to $124.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $121.89.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) opened at $106.81 on Wednesday. Sempra Energy has a 1-year low of $100.63 and a 1-year high of $122.97. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 0.40 and a quick ratio of 0.36. The firm has a market capitalization of $27,173.47, a PE ratio of 23.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.56.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th were issued a $0.8225 dividend. This represents a $3.29 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 28th. Sempra Energy’s dividend payout ratio is 72.95%.

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About Sempra Energy

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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