Duke Energy (DUK) Receives News Sentiment Score of 0.00

News stories about Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) have been trending somewhat negative on Friday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Duke Energy earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 43.8694529345262 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Shares of Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) traded down $0.52 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $76.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,535,228 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,990,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 0.71 and a quick ratio of 0.41. The company has a market cap of $53,770.00, a PE ratio of 20.16, a PEG ratio of 4.06 and a beta of 0.26. Duke Energy has a 1-year low of $76.28 and a 1-year high of $91.80.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) last announced its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $6.48 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.43 billion. Duke Energy had a return on equity of 7.54% and a net margin of 9.09%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.68 EPS. analysts forecast that Duke Energy will post 4.56 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.89 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.63%. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 93.44%.

Several brokerages recently issued reports on DUK. ValuEngine raised Duke Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 15th. Wolfe Research raised Duke Energy from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $90.00 price objective on shares of Duke Energy in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised Duke Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $87.00 price objective on shares of Duke Energy in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Duke Energy has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.19.

In other Duke Energy news, EVP Lloyd M. Yates sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total transaction of $449,750.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.07% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Duke Energy Company Profile

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

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