Personal Capital Advisors Corp boosted its holdings in Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) by 6.0% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 385,438 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after buying an additional 21,898 shares during the period. Personal Capital Advisors Corp’s holdings in Duke Energy were worth $32,419,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Duke Energy in the 3rd quarter worth $112,000. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC purchased a new stake in Duke Energy in the 3rd quarter worth $131,000. Acropolis Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Duke Energy in the 4th quarter worth $131,000. AllSquare Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in Duke Energy in the 3rd quarter worth $155,000. Finally, Westwood Holdings Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Duke Energy in the 2nd quarter worth $181,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 57.26% of the company’s stock.

Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) traded down $0.52 on Friday, hitting $76.82. 4,530,126 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,601,692. Duke Energy Corp has a twelve month low of $76.28 and a twelve month high of $91.80. The company has a market cap of $53,770.00, a P/E ratio of 20.16, a PEG ratio of 4.06 and a beta of 0.26. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.17, a current ratio of 0.71 and a quick ratio of 0.41.

Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, November 3rd. The utilities provider reported $1.59 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.56 by $0.03. Duke Energy had a net margin of 9.09% and a return on equity of 7.54%. The business had revenue of $6.48 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.43 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.68 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Duke Energy Corp will post 4.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.89 per share. This represents a $3.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.63%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 15th. Duke Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 93.44%.

In other Duke Energy news, EVP Lloyd M. Yates sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total transaction of $449,750.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.07% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on DUK. SunTrust Banks set a $78.00 price target on Duke Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Duke Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Wolfe Research upgraded Duke Energy from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price target on Duke Energy from $83.00 to $89.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group lowered Duke Energy from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $80.11 to $88.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Duke Energy has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $87.19.

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About Duke Energy

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) is an energy company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Company operates in the United States through its direct and indirect subsidiaries. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 7.5 million customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK)

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