News coverage about Spire (NYSE:SR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spire earned a daily sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9680758725576 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Spire (NYSE SR) opened at $72.00 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a current ratio of 0.66. The stock has a market cap of $3,578.66, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.45, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.98 and a beta of 0.30. Spire has a fifty-two week low of $62.33 and a fifty-two week high of $82.85.

Spire (NYSE:SR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 15th. The utilities provider reported ($0.22) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.26) by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $258.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $271.65 million. Spire had a net margin of 9.28% and a return on equity of 8.71%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned ($0.32) EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Spire will post 3.72 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, January 3rd. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 11th were issued a dividend of $0.5625 per share. This represents a $2.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.13%. This is an increase from Spire’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.53. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 8th. Spire’s payout ratio is currently 63.92%.

SR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of Spire from $71.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Spire from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Spire from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Spire from $73.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, September 8th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $73.00 price objective on shares of Spire in a report on Monday, October 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Spire has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $75.33.

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Spire Company Profile

Spire Inc, formerly The Laclede Group, Inc, is engaged to transform its business and pursue growth by growing its gas utility business through prudent investment in infrastructure upgrades and organic growth initiatives; acquire and integrate gas utilities; modernize its gas assets, and invest in innovation.

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