Media stories about Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Alliant Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0676681854843 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

LNT has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. UBS Group lifted their price target on Alliant Energy from $43.00 to $45.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Howard Weil initiated coverage on Alliant Energy in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $44.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Alliant Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 10th. Finally, Wolfe Research lowered Alliant Energy from a “peer perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and seven have issued a hold rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.67.

Shares of Alliant Energy stock opened at $43.78 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18. Alliant Energy has a twelve month low of $36.84 and a twelve month high of $45.55. The stock has a market capitalization of $10.12 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.22.

Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.43 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by ($0.02). Alliant Energy had a return on equity of 11.35% and a net margin of 14.14%. The firm had revenue of $816.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $789.73 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.41 earnings per share. Alliant Energy’s quarterly revenue was up 6.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Alliant Energy will post 2.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, July 31st were paid a dividend of $0.335 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, July 30th. This represents a $1.34 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.06%. Alliant Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 69.43%.

Alliant Energy Company Profile

Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a utility holding company that provides regulated electricity and natural gas services in the Midwest region of the United States. It operates through three segments: Electric, Gas, and Other. The company, through its subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), primarily generates and distributes electricity, and distributes and transports natural gas to retail customers in Iowa; sells electricity to wholesale customers in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa; and generates and distributes steam in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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