News headlines about Spark Energy (NASDAQ:SPKE) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spark Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.3805203574539 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

A number of analysts have commented on the company. B. Riley set a $11.00 target price on Spark Energy and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Spark Energy from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 15th. TheStreet downgraded Spark Energy from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 10th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Spark Energy from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, May 26th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.50.

SPKE traded up $0.15 during trading on Friday, reaching $8.85. 6,539 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 173,468. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 2.18 and a current ratio of 2.20. The company has a market cap of $319.13 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -18.65 and a beta of -1.99. Spark Energy has a 1 year low of $8.05 and a 1 year high of $17.15.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 13th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 30th will be given a dividend of $0.1813 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 29th. This represents a $0.73 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.19%. Spark Energy’s payout ratio is -152.08%.

In other news, VP Gil Melman sold 15,862 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $8.75, for a total value of $138,792.50. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 1,100 shares in the company, valued at $9,625. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jason K. Garrett sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.75, for a total value of $175,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 26,147 shares in the company, valued at $228,786.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 68,223 shares of company stock worth $597,922. 66.89% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

About Spark Energy

Spark Energy, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retail energy services company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Retail Electricity and Retail Natural Gas. The company is involved in the retail distribution of electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

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