Media stories about Unitil (NYSE:UTL) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog 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. Unitil earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6673565243672 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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A number of research firms have commented on UTL. Bank of America began coverage on Unitil in a research note on Monday, December 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $49.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Unitil from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 28th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott upgraded Unitil to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target for the company in a research note on Monday, January 1st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $51.00.

Unitil stock traded up $0.01 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $46.45. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,985 shares, compared to its average volume of 66,637. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.13, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 1.00. Unitil has a 52-week low of $40.92 and a 52-week high of $52.84. The stock has a market cap of $673.43, a PE ratio of 22.50 and a beta of 0.09.

Unitil (NYSE:UTL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. Unitil had a return on equity of 9.38% and a net margin of 7.14%. The firm had revenue of $115.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $107.40 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.73 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Unitil will post 2.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Unitil Company Profile

Unitil Corporation, a public utility holding company, engages in the distribution of electricity and natural gas in the United States. It operates through three segments: Utility Gas Operations, Utility Electric Operations, and Non-Regulated. The company distributes electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire, and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts; and distributes natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area, and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts.

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