Headlines about Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Xcel Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0546918233805 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Xcel Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 24th. Morgan Stanley raised their target price on Xcel Energy from $46.00 to $49.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, July 16th. Barclays assumed coverage on Xcel Energy in a research note on Tuesday, July 10th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $53.00 target price for the company. Finally, Bank of America reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Xcel Energy in a research note on Wednesday, June 27th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $47.90.

NYSE:XEL opened at $48.29 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 0.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.27. Xcel Energy has a 1-year low of $41.51 and a 1-year high of $52.22.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The utilities provider reported $0.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.05. Xcel Energy had a return on equity of 10.44% and a net margin of 10.06%. The business had revenue of $2.66 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.71 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.45 EPS. Xcel Energy’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Xcel Energy will post 2.44 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Timothy V. Wolf sold 3,163 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.15, for a total value of $142,809.45. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 1,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $45,150. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Company insiders own 0.22% of the company’s stock.

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy Inc is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operations include the activity of four utility subsidiaries that serve electric and natural gas customers in eight states. The Company’s segments include regulated electric utility, regulated natural gas utility and all other. The Company’s utility subsidiaries include NSP-Minnesota, NSP-Wisconsin, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and Southwestern Public Service Co (SPS), which serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

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