Media stories about NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. NorthWestern earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9285672964883 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) opened at $53.91 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $2,692.14, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 10.53 and a beta of 0.38. NorthWestern has a fifty-two week low of $53.74 and a fifty-two week high of $64.47. The company has a quick ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 0.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05.

NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $309.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $305.60 million. NorthWestern had a return on equity of 9.41% and a net margin of 12.44%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.68 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that NorthWestern will post 3.39 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a $0.525 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $2.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.90%. NorthWestern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 63.44%.

A number of research firms have issued reports on NWE. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of NorthWestern in a report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of NorthWestern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Credit Suisse Group decreased their price target on shares of NorthWestern from $60.00 to $58.00 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 10th. Finally, Bank of America began coverage on shares of NorthWestern in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $54.00 price target for the company. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have assigned a hold rating to the stock. NorthWestern presently has an average rating of “Sell” and an average target price of $58.00.

In other news, CEO Robert C. Rowe sold 3,626 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.25, for a total value of $232,970.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 1.33% of the company’s stock.

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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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