News stories about South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. South Jersey Industries earned a daily sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.2209264937204 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of South Jersey Industries (SJI) opened at $29.50 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $2,350.00, a PE ratio of 61.46, a P/E/G ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.71. South Jersey Industries has a 52 week low of $29.04 and a 52 week high of $38.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.47 and a quick ratio of 0.38.

South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The utilities provider reported ($0.05) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $227.13 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $222.92 million. South Jersey Industries had a net margin of 3.13% and a return on equity of 7.16%. equities analysts expect that South Jersey Industries will post 1.16 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, December 27th. Investors of record on Monday, December 11th were paid a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.80%. This is a boost from South Jersey Industries’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.27. South Jersey Industries’s payout ratio is presently 233.33%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on SJI shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price objective on shares of South Jersey Industries from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, November 17th. Williams Capital upgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $36.00 to $37.00 in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Sidoti downgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $34.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Guggenheim restated a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 price objective on shares of South Jersey Industries in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.83.

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About South Jersey Industries

South Jersey Industries, Inc (SJI) is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy-related products and services, primarily through its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries include South Jersey Gas Company (SJG), South Jersey Energy Company (SJE), South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (SJRG), South Jersey Exploration, LLC (SJEX), Marina Energy, LLC (Marina), South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC (SJESP) and SJI Midstream, LLC (Midstream).

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