News stories about Southwest Gas Holdings (NYSE:SWX) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southwest Gas Holdings earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.6883562756563 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Southwest Gas Holdings (NYSE:SWX) opened at $82.45 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $3,803.27, a P/E ratio of 23.43, a PEG ratio of 3.61 and a beta of 0.61. Southwest Gas Holdings has a fifty-two week low of $71.51 and a fifty-two week high of $86.65. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01.

Southwest Gas Holdings (NYSE:SWX) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The utilities provider reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.14 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $593.15 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $579.40 million. Southwest Gas Holdings had a return on equity of 2.38% and a net margin of 1.76%. The business’s revenue was up 9.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.05 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Southwest Gas Holdings will post 3.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.495 per share. This represents a $1.98 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 14th. Southwest Gas Holdings’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 58.24%.

Several brokerages have issued reports on SWX. UBS AG upped their price objective on Southwest Gas Holdings from $83.00 to $85.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of Southwest Gas Holdings in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and set a $70.00 price objective on shares of Southwest Gas Holdings in a research note on Monday, October 16th. BidaskClub cut Southwest Gas Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Southwest Gas Holdings from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have given a hold rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $81.00.

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In other news, VP Kenneth J. Kenny sold 600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.17, for a total transaction of $48,102.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 16,746 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,342,526.82. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.99% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About Southwest Gas Holdings

Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc, formerly Southwest Gas Corporation, is engaged in the business of purchasing, distributing and transporting natural gas. The Company operates through two segments: natural gas operations and construction services, which includes the operations of the Company’s subsidiary, Centuri Construction Group, Inc (Centuri).

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