News articles about Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Kinder Morgan earned a coverage optimism score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the pipeline company an impact score of 45.7862911322964 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Shares of Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) traded up $0.25 on Thursday, hitting $17.36. 17,647,837 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 11,563,256. Kinder Morgan has a 52 week low of $16.68 and a 52 week high of $23.01. The company has a market cap of $38,560.00, a P/E ratio of 26.37, a PEG ratio of 1.33 and a beta of 0.62. The company has a current ratio of 0.42, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96.

Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The pipeline company reported $0.15 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15. Kinder Morgan had a net margin of 10.39% and a return on equity of 4.33%. The company had revenue of $3.28 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.21 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($0.10) EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Kinder Morgan will post 0.64 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 31st were given a $0.125 dividend. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.88%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, October 30th. Kinder Morgan’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 89.29%.

Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of Kinder Morgan from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $25.00 price target on shares of Kinder Morgan and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Kinder Morgan from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Mizuho reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $22.00 price target on shares of Kinder Morgan in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Citigroup lowered their price target on shares of Kinder Morgan from $23.00 to $21.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $22.97.

In related news, VP Thomas A. Martin bought 3,000 shares of Kinder Morgan stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $17.10 per share, with a total value of $51,300.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 13.99% of the company’s stock.

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About Kinder Morgan

Kinder Morgan, Inc is an energy infrastructure company. It operates through five segments. Its Natural Gas Pipelines segment is engaged in the ownership and operation of interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline and storage systems, and liquefied natural gas facilities, among others. Its CO2 segment is engaged in the production, transportation and marketing of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oil fields and the ownership and operation of a crude oil pipeline system, among others.

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