NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reissued by research analysts at Wells Fargo & Co in a research report issued on Monday, AnalystRatings.com reports.

A number of other equities analysts have also commented on NWE. Barclays restated a “sell” rating and issued a $71.00 price target on shares of NorthWestern in a research report on Thursday, October 31st. Williams Capital raised shares of NorthWestern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $66.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, August 26th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $67.29.

Shares of NYSE NWE opened at $71.70 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $3.63 billion, a PE ratio of 21.15, a PEG ratio of 7.74 and a beta of 0.15. The business has a fifty day moving average of $71.69 and a two-hundred day moving average of $72.28. NorthWestern has a 52-week low of $57.28 and a 52-week high of $76.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 0.63 and a current ratio of 0.80.

NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 29th. The utilities provider reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by ($0.13). NorthWestern had a net margin of 16.84% and a return on equity of 9.57%. The firm had revenue of $274.84 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $295.48 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.58 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that NorthWestern will post 3.4 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CEO Robert C. Rowe sold 2,150 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.68, for a total transaction of $151,962.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. 1.17% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Alpha Windward LLC bought a new position in shares of NorthWestern in the second quarter worth about $25,000. CWM LLC lifted its position in shares of NorthWestern by 954.5% during the third quarter. CWM LLC now owns 348 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $26,000 after purchasing an additional 315 shares in the last quarter. Quest Capital Management Inc. ADV bought a new stake in shares of NorthWestern during the third quarter valued at approximately $29,000. Krane Funds Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of NorthWestern during the second quarter valued at approximately $58,000. Finally, Penserra Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of NorthWestern in the third quarter valued at approximately $62,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.00% of the company’s stock.

About NorthWestern

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company operates through Electric Operations and Natural Gas Operations segments. It generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and produces, stores, transmits, and distributes natural gas, as well as owns municipal franchises to provide natural gas service in the communities.

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