News stories about Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) have trended somewhat positive on Tuesday, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Portland General Electric earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3031383737988 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. J P Morgan Chase & Co upped their target price on Portland General Electric from $47.00 to $48.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised Portland General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Bank of America assumed coverage on Portland General Electric in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $45.00 target price for the company. BidaskClub raised Portland General Electric from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Portland General Electric in a report on Friday, September 1st. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $46.00.

Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) traded down $0.94 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $46.43. The stock had a trading volume of 714,151 shares, compared to its average volume of 592,148. The company has a market capitalization of $4,257.72, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.78, a PEG ratio of 5.57 and a beta of 0.30. The company has a current ratio of 0.95, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95. Portland General Electric has a 52 week low of $42.35 and a 52 week high of $50.11.

Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) last released its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The utilities provider reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $515.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $497.85 million. Portland General Electric had a return on equity of 8.65% and a net margin of 10.21%. Portland General Electric’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.38 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Portland General Electric will post 2.26 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 26th will be issued a $0.34 dividend. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.93%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 22nd. Portland General Electric’s dividend payout ratio is presently 59.13%.

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About Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric Company is an electric utility that is engaged in the wholesale purchase, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity in the State of Oregon. Its service area allocation of approximately 4,000 square miles is located entirely within Oregon and includes approximately 51 incorporated cities, of which Portland and Salem.

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