Media stories about Spark Energy (NASDAQ:SPKE) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Spark Energy earned a daily sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.5539741580199 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

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

Spark Energy (NASDAQ SPKE) traded down $0.40 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $12.05. The stock had a trading volume of 107,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 228,547. The firm has a market cap of $417.30, a P/E ratio of 14.88 and a beta of -1.61. The company has a current ratio of 1.63, a quick ratio of 1.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. Spark Energy has a 12 month low of $11.54 and a 12 month high of $23.65.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 29th will be issued a $0.1813 dividend. This represents a $0.73 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 28th. Spark Energy’s payout ratio is presently 90.12%.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on SPKE shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Spark Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine raised Spark Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Janney Montgomery Scott raised Spark Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. TheStreet downgraded Spark Energy from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, B. Riley downgraded Spark Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $23.50 to $17.00 in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $22.21.

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In other news, VP Gil Melman sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.89, for a total value of $63,560.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 33,308 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $529,264.12. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director W Keith Maxwell III acquired 47,779 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 8th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $15.26 per share, with a total value of $729,107.54. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 743,959 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,352,814.34. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders bought 160,719 shares of company stock valued at $2,550,672. 66.89% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Spark Energy Company Profile

Spark Energy, Inc is an independent retail energy services company. The Company provides residential and commercial customers across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. The Company operates through two segments: Retail Natural Gas Segment and Retail Electricity Segment.

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