Canaccord Genuity reiterated their buy rating on shares of PPL (NYSE:PPL) in a research note published on Thursday morning. The firm currently has a $48.00 target price on the utilities provider’s stock.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on PPL. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of PPL from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, September 11th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of PPL from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Jefferies Group reiterated a buy rating and issued a $43.50 price objective (up previously from $42.00) on shares of PPL in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of PPL from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a hold rating on shares of PPL in a research note on Friday, October 20th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $41.28.

PPL (NYSE:PPL) traded down $0.40 during trading on Thursday, reaching $36.27. 3,115,748 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,216,158. The firm has a market cap of $24,970.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.88, a PEG ratio of 2.40 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.79. PPL has a 1 year low of $32.69 and a 1 year high of $40.20.

PPL (NYSE:PPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $1.85 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.03 billion. PPL had a net margin of 20.60% and a return on equity of 15.30%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.63 EPS. research analysts expect that PPL will post 2.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.395 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 7th. This represents a $1.58 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.36%. PPL’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 71.49%.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its stake in shares of PPL by 14.8% during the 2nd quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 2,714,803 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $104,954,000 after purchasing an additional 349,588 shares during the last quarter. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC increased its stake in shares of PPL by 2.3% during the 3rd quarter. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC now owns 2,632,511 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $99,904,000 after purchasing an additional 60,397 shares during the last quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC increased its stake in shares of PPL by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC now owns 2,435,800 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $94,168,000 after purchasing an additional 7,000 shares during the last quarter. Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of PPL by 0.8% during the 3rd quarter. Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management LLC now owns 1,997,296 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $75,797,000 after purchasing an additional 15,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in shares of PPL by 8.4% during the 3rd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 1,825,189 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $69,266,000 after purchasing an additional 140,670 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 71.31% of the company’s stock.

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PPL Company Profile

PPL Corporation (PPL) is a utility holding company. Through its subsidiaries, PPL delivers electricity to customers in the United Kingdom, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee; delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky, and generates electricity from power plants in Kentucky. PPL operates through U.K.

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