Media headlines about WGL (NYSE:WGL) have been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. WGL earned a coverage optimism score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.1523909901117 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

WGL has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Hilliard Lyons raised WGL from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research lowered WGL from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th.

Shares of WGL (NYSE:WGL) traded up $0.04 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $85.79. The stock had a trading volume of 218,309 shares, compared to its average volume of 315,441. WGL has a 12-month low of $73.53 and a 12-month high of $86.89. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,410.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.99 and a beta of 0.66. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be paid a dividend of $0.51 per share. This represents a $2.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.38%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. WGL’s payout ratio is 40.37%.

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About WGL

WGL Holdings, Inc (WGL) is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments. The Regulated Utility segment consists of Washington Gas Light Company, which provides regulated gas distribution services to end use customers and natural gas transportation services to an unaffiliated natural gas distribution company and Hampshire Gas Company, which provides regulated interstate natural gas storage services.

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