News stories about NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. NorthWestern earned a news sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9009505432671 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
A number of brokerages recently commented on NWE. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price objective on shares of NorthWestern from $60.00 to $58.00 and set an “underperform” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NorthWestern from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Bank of America began coverage on shares of NorthWestern in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $54.00 price objective for the company. Finally, KeyCorp restated a “hold” rating on shares of NorthWestern in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and two have issued a hold rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Sell” and a consensus price target of $58.00.
Shares of NorthWestern (NWE) opened at $50.33 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 0.42 and a quick ratio of 0.33. The company has a market cap of $2,469.09, a PE ratio of 15.21, a P/E/G ratio of 8.50 and a beta of 0.22. NorthWestern has a 12-month low of $50.01 and a 12-month high of $64.47.
NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as North-Western Energy, provides electricity and natural gas. The Company’s segments are Electric operations, Natural gas operations and All other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided electricity and natural gas to approximately 709,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
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