Press coverage about NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) has trended positive this week, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NorthWestern earned a news impact score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.103830112234 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Several research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Wells Fargo set a $55.00 price objective on shares of NorthWestern and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of NorthWestern from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have assigned a hold rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Sell” and a consensus price target of $57.40.
NWE stock opened at $51.87 on Wednesday. NorthWestern has a 12 month low of $50.01 and a 12 month high of $64.47. The company has a quick ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The stock has a market cap of $2,563.72, a P/E ratio of 15.53, a P/E/G ratio of 6.39 and a beta of 0.28.
NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 12th. The utilities provider reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by ($0.04). NorthWestern had a return on equity of 9.33% and a net margin of 12.46%. The firm had revenue of $344.55 million during the quarter. equities research analysts forecast that NorthWestern will post 3.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a $0.55 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. NorthWestern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 65.87%.
In other NorthWestern news, VP Michael R. Cashell sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.95, for a total transaction of $50,950.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Patrick R. Corcoran sold 5,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.97, for a total transaction of $259,947.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 7,900 shares of company stock valued at $414,181 in the last quarter. 1.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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NorthWestern Company Profile
NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as North-Western Energy, provides electricity and natural gas. The Company’s segments are Electric operations, Natural gas operations and All other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided electricity and natural gas to approximately 709,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
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