Press coverage about NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. NorthWestern earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.5945052762027 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of NorthWestern (NWE) opened at $52.50 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.39 and a current ratio of 0.47. The stock has a market cap of $2,526.67, a PE ratio of 15.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 6.29 and a beta of 0.22. NorthWestern has a one year low of $50.01 and a one year high of $64.47.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.55 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This is a positive change from NorthWestern’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.53. This represents a $2.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.19%. NorthWestern’s dividend payout ratio is 62.87%.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on NWE. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NorthWestern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price objective on shares of NorthWestern and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reduced their price objective on shares of NorthWestern from $60.00 to $58.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 10th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Sell” and a consensus target price of $57.40.

In other NorthWestern news, VP Patrick R. Corcoran sold 5,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.97, for a total transaction of $259,947.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CEO Robert C. Rowe sold 3,626 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.25, for a total transaction of $232,970.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.33% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About NorthWestern

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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