Sempra Energy (SRE) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, AlphaOne Reports

Press coverage about Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One Sentiment reports. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Sempra Energy earned a media sentiment score of 0.24 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned press coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 68 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE)

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on SRE shares. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of Sempra Energy from $129.00 to $130.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, May 8th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Sempra Energy in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Barclays PLC cut shares of Sempra Energy from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $121.00 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, June 8th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Sempra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.60.

Sempra Energy (SRE) traded up 1.23% on Friday, hitting $116.39. 1,528,426 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $113.59 and its 200-day moving average price is $107.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $29.19 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.03 and a beta of 0.56. Sempra Energy has a 52-week low of $92.95 and a 52-week high of $117.97.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 9th. The utilities provider reported $1.74 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.15. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 9.06% and a net margin of 13.77%. The firm had revenue of $3.03 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.87 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.27 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 15.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Sempra Energy will post $5.10 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Sempra Energy news, CEO Debra L. Reed sold 23,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $113.43, for a total value of $2,608,890.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 112,345 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,743,293.35. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.17% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Sempra Energy

Sempra Energy is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments.

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