Media stories about Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Avangrid earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3603509507593 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) traded down $0.30 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $48.52. 466,681 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 557,278. The stock has a market cap of $14,992.94, a P/E ratio of 22.57, a PEG ratio of 2.45 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a quick ratio of 0.56, a current ratio of 0.69 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. Avangrid has a twelve month low of $37.42 and a twelve month high of $53.46.

Avangrid (NYSE:AGR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The utilities provider reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.37 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $1.34 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.32 billion. Avangrid had a net margin of 11.23% and a return on equity of 4.60%. The company’s revenue was down 5.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.35 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Avangrid will post 2.21 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 11th were given a dividend of $0.432 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $1.73 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.56%. Avangrid’s dividend payout ratio is presently 80.47%.

AGR has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Avangrid from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Avangrid from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Wells Fargo & Co downgraded shares of Avangrid from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on shares of Avangrid in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Finally, Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of Avangrid in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price objective for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.63.

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Avangrid Company Profile

Avangrid, Inc is an energy and utility company. The Company operates through three segments: Networks, Renewables and Gas. The Networks segment includes all the energy transmission and distribution activities, and any other regulated activity originating in New York and Maine, and regulated electric distribution, electric transmission and gas distribution activities originating in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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