News headlines about WGL (NYSE:WGL) have been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. WGL earned a coverage optimism score of 0.33 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3724904417568 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.
Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of WGL from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 30th.
WGL (NYSE WGL) opened at $84.25 on Friday. WGL has a fifty-two week low of $81.59 and a fifty-two week high of $86.89. The stock has a market cap of $4,319.31, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.93, a PEG ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.64.
WGL (NYSE:WGL) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, November 17th. The utilities provider reported ($0.17) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.19) by $0.02. WGL had a net margin of 11.40% and a return on equity of 12.67%. The company had revenue of $429.12 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $479.60 million. sell-side analysts expect that WGL will post 3.8 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th were issued a $0.51 dividend. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.42%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, January 9th. WGL’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 38.56%.
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WGL Holdings, Inc (WGL) is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments. The Regulated Utility segment consists of Washington Gas Light Company, which provides regulated gas distribution services to end use customers and natural gas transportation services to an unaffiliated natural gas distribution company and Hampshire Gas Company, which provides regulated interstate natural gas storage services.
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