Scout Investments Inc. increased its position in shares of Evergy (NASDAQ:EVRG) by 446.5% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 1,517,831 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,240,119 shares during the quarter. Evergy comprises 2.2% of Scout Investments Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 3rd biggest holding. Scout Investments Inc. owned about 0.58% of Evergy worth $86,167,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in EVRG. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new position in shares of Evergy in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $616,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new position in shares of Evergy in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $318,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP purchased a new position in shares of Evergy in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $64,426,000. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Evergy in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $1,253,000. Finally, FMR LLC purchased a new position in shares of Evergy in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $437,286,000.
Several research analysts have weighed in on EVRG shares. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded Evergy from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $53.00 to $56.00 in a research note on Friday, January 4th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $62.00 price target on Evergy and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Evergy from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $65.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 10th. Finally, UBS Group reduced their price target on Evergy from $60.00 to $58.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, September 21st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $59.83.
Shares of EVRG traded down $0.39 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $56.47. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,056,810 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,698,325. Evergy has a 1-year low of $47.06 and a 1-year high of $61.10.
Evergy (NASDAQ:EVRG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 8th. The company reported $1.32 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.26 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $1.58 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.67 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 99.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.11 earnings per share.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 20th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 29th were issued a dividend of $0.475 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 28th. This represents a $1.90 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.36%.
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