NRG Energy (NRG) Receives News Impact Rating of 0.19

Headlines about NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. NRG Energy earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9967412889432 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

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

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A number of brokerages have recently commented on NRG. TheStreet raised NRG Energy from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. UBS raised their price target on NRG Energy from $36.00 to $37.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised NRG Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. ValuEngine lowered NRG Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Finally, SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and set a $29.00 price target on shares of NRG Energy in a report on Thursday, March 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $28.14.

Shares of NRG traded down $0.35 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $29.96. 5,531,075 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,990,118. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,656.19, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.49 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.99, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a current ratio of 1.33. NRG Energy has a twelve month low of $14.52 and a twelve month high of $31.15.

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.51 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.08) by $0.59. The company had revenue of $2.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.23 billion. NRG Energy had a positive return on equity of 9.46% and a negative net margin of 19.56%. analysts forecast that NRG Energy will post 2.76 EPS for the current fiscal year.

NRG Energy declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Thursday, March 1st that permits the company to buyback $1.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the utilities provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

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NRG Energy Company Profile

NRG Energy, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated power company in the United States. The company is involved in the generation of electricity using fossil fuel and nuclear sources. The company provides electricity to 2.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial consumers; system power, distributed generation, solar and wind products, backup generation, storage and distributed solar, demand response, energy efficiency, and on-site energy solutions; and carbon management and specialty services.

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