Alliant Energy (LNT) Earns News Sentiment Rating of 0.19

News headlines about Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Alliant Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.5764505453391 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

Alliant Energy (LNT) traded up $0.48 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $44.43. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,903,756 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,203,332. The company has a market cap of $10,161.43, a PE ratio of 23.50, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.52 and a beta of 0.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 0.51 and a quick ratio of 0.36. Alliant Energy has a 12-month low of $36.56 and a 12-month high of $45.55.

Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.75 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by ($0.13). The firm had revenue of $907.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.23 billion. Alliant Energy had a net margin of 13.13% and a return on equity of 11.02%. The company’s revenue was down 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.80 EPS. sell-side analysts forecast that Alliant Energy will post 1.96 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

LNT has been the topic of several research reports. BidaskClub upgraded Alliant Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Bank of America initiated coverage on Alliant Energy in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $45.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Alliant Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. Alliant Energy currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $42.00.

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About Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a regulated investor-owned public utility holding company. The Company’s segments include Utility and Non-regulated, Parent and Other. The Utility segment includes the operations of Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), which serve retail customers in Iowa and Wisconsin.

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