Spire (SR) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media headlines about Spire (NYSE:SR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spire earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.3996783535938 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.

Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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SR has been the topic of several recent research reports. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on Spire from $75.00 to $77.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Spire from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. JPMorgan Chase lowered their price objective on Spire from $77.00 to $65.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Hilliard Lyons upgraded Spire to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Spire in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $70.86.

Shares of NYSE:SR opened at $73.65 on Monday. Spire has a 1 year low of $60.08 and a 1 year high of $82.85. The company has a market cap of $3,560.54, a PE ratio of 20.69, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.88 and a beta of 0.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.53 and a current ratio of 0.70.

Spire (NYSE:SR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The utilities provider reported $1.19 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.06 by $0.13. Spire had a return on equity of 8.91% and a net margin of 12.86%. The firm had revenue of $561.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $516.16 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.04 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 13.5% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Spire will post 3.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 12th were given a dividend of $0.563 per share. This is a positive change from Spire’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.56. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 9th. This represents a $2.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.06%. Spire’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 63.20%.

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Spire Company Profile

Spire Inc, through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, retail distribution, and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and other end-users of natural gas customers in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Utility and Gas Marketing. The company is also involved in marketing natural gas and provides energy services on non-regulated basis to on-system utility transportation customers, as well as to retail and wholesale customers.

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