Media stories about SM Energy (NYSE:SM) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, according to Alpha One Sentiment Analysis. Alpha One, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SM Energy earned a news sentiment score of 0.22 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media headlines about the energy company an impact score of 82 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One’s scoring:

Shares of SM Energy (NYSE:SM) traded up 2.71% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $21.20. The company had a trading volume of 886,194 shares. SM Energy has a 12-month low of $19.32 and a 12-month high of $43.09. The firm’s market capitalization is $2.36 billion. The company has a 50 day moving average of $22.30 and a 200 day moving average of $28.64.

SM Energy (NYSE:SM) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, May 2nd. The energy company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.36) by $0.54. The company had revenue of $372.74 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $309.43 million. SM Energy had a negative return on equity of 10.79% and a negative net margin of 78.60%. Analysts anticipate that SM Energy will post ($0.84) EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, May 3rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, April 21st were issued a $0.05 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.43%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, April 19th. SM Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -0.76%.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on SM shares. Scotiabank reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $33.00 target price on shares of SM Energy in a research note on Monday, March 27th. Williams Capital reissued a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of SM Energy in a report on Monday, April 17th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $36.00 price target on shares of SM Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Deutsche Bank AG cut their price target on shares of SM Energy from $39.00 to $36.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, March 7th. Finally, Wolfe Research raised shares of SM Energy from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 1st. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $39.94.

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In other news, EVP Herbert S. Vogel bought 1,000 shares of SM Energy stock in a transaction on Monday, February 27th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $25.70 per share, with a total value of $25,700.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the executive vice president now directly owns 28,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $720,550.90. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Herbert S. Vogel purchased 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 8th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $23.10 per share, with a total value of $46,200.00. Following the acquisition, the executive vice president now owns 31,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $716,954.70. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders bought 20,000 shares of company stock valued at $500,100. Company insiders own 1.70% of the company’s stock.

About SM Energy

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and condensate, natural gas and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. It operates in the exploration and production segment of the oil and gas industry within the United States.

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