Media coverage about UNITIL (NYSE:UTL) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. UNITIL earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3259070551628 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of UNITIL (NYSE:UTL) opened at $48.36 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. UNITIL has a fifty-two week low of $43.03 and a fifty-two week high of $52.84. The stock has a market capitalization of $703.13, a PE ratio of 24.89 and a beta of 0.20.

UNITIL (NYSE:UTL) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The utilities provider reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.04. UNITIL had a return on equity of 9.39% and a net margin of 7.09%. The business had revenue of $475.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.80 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.25 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that UNITIL will post 2.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 29th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.98%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. UNITIL’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 72.00%.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on UTL shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded UNITIL from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $47.00 target price on shares of UNITIL in a report on Monday, September 18th.

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Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company. The Company’s principal business is the local distribution of electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts and the local distribution of natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts.

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