Vectren (VVC) Receives News Impact Rating of 0.19

Media headlines about Vectren (NYSE:VVC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Vectren earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.4512870658384 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Vectren (NYSE VVC) opened at $63.10 on Friday. Vectren has a 52-week low of $57.48 and a 52-week high of $69.86. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,247.31, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.18, a PEG ratio of 3.48 and a beta of 0.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.94, a current ratio of 0.72 and a quick ratio of 0.59.

Vectren (NYSE:VVC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The utilities provider reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.76 by ($0.02). Vectren had a net margin of 8.13% and a return on equity of 11.91%. The firm had revenue of $711.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $620.00 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.84 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Vectren will post 2.87 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th were given a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.85%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 14th. Vectren’s dividend payout ratio is currently 68.97%.

A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Guggenheim cut Vectren from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. ValuEngine cut Vectren from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Vectren from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday. Bank of America restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Vectren in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Wells Fargo set a $58.00 price target on Vectren and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vectren has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.25.

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Vectren Company Profile

Vectren Corporation (Vectren) is an energy holding company. The Company segregates its operations into groups, including the Utility Group, the Nonutility Group, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s subsidiary, Vectren Utility Holdings, Inc (Utility Holdings or VUHI), serves as the intermediate holding company for three public utilities: Indiana Gas Company, Inc (Indiana Gas), Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Company (SIGECO) and Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Inc (VEDO).

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