Unitil (UTL) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

News headlines about Unitil (NYSE:UTL) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Unitil earned a daily sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.3924685115795 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of NYSE:UTL traded down $0.12 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $49.61. The stock had a trading volume of 20,733 shares, compared to its average volume of 27,408. The company has a market capitalization of $739.33 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.10, a P/E/G ratio of 6.36 and a beta of 0.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 0.87 and a quick ratio of 0.81. Unitil has a twelve month low of $40.92 and a twelve month high of $53.07.

Unitil (NYSE:UTL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The utilities provider reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24. Unitil had a return on equity of 9.83% and a net margin of 7.61%. The business had revenue of $84.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $84.40 million. equities research analysts expect that Unitil will post 2.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, August 29th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.365 per share. This represents a $1.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.94%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 14th. Unitil’s payout ratio is 70.87%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Bank of America upped their target price on shares of Unitil from $47.00 to $49.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Unitil from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Tuesday, July 24th.

Unitil Company Profile

Unitil Corporation, a public utility holding company, engages in the distribution of electricity and natural gas in the United States. It operates through three segments: Utility Gas Operations, Utility Electric Operations, and Non-Regulated. The company distributes electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire, and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts; and distributes natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area, and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts.

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