Should Investors Take a Bite out of Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL)?

Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) Cheap From Peers?

International Paper Company (NYSE:IP), stock is trading $58.96 above the 52-week high and has displayed a high EPS growth of -5.60% in last 5 years.

Several other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. KS's holdings in Xcel Energy were worth $469,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 35,162,997 shares of the utilities provider's stock worth $1,562,996,000 after buying an additional 1,152,946 shares during the last quarter.

It looks like Xcel Energy Inc. The utilities provider reported $0.97 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.92 by $0.05. Finally, Kohmann Bosshard Financial Services LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Xcel Energy in the 3rd quarter valued at $213,000.

Shares of ServiceNow, Inc. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its position in shares of Xcel Energy by 72.2% in the 2nd quarter. Insider ownership during the latest quarter increased by a net of 1000 shares, indicating that XEL's key executives are feeling more bullish about the stock than they did three months ago.

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In other news, Director Daniel Yohannes bought 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 5th. The lowest price the stock reached in the last trading day was $16.341 and compares with the $8.10 52-week low. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $49.53 per share, for a total transaction of $49,530.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. (NYSE:XEL) had an excellent day at the stock market, with its price going up by -0.16%, to $49.38. The firm has a market capitalization of $25.01 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.74 and a beta of 0.19. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $48.49 and a 200 day moving average of $47.28.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. State Street Corp boosted its position in shares of Xcel Energy by 7.4% in the first quarter. Profit margins are at 10.10% while the operating margin stands at 19.60%. The business had revenue of $3.02 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.27 billion. During the same quarter previous year, the business earned $0.90 earnings per share. The EPS growth for the last 5 years is at 5.10% while the predicted EPS growth for the next 5 years is at 6.07%.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 20th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th were given a dividend of $0.36 per share. This represents a $1.36 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 14th. Xcel Energy's dividend payout ratio is presently 63.44%. BidaskClub downgraded Xcel Energy from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, July 6th.

XEL is now undervalued by -19.75% relative to the average 1-year price target of $61.12 taken from a group of Wall Street Analysts. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Xcel Energy and gave the company a "buy" rating in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. This will give analytical advantage to a shorter-term trader since it pursues the price more intimately, and consequently produces less "lag" as comparison to the longer-term moving average. Analysts set a 12-month price target of $23.67 a share. Analysts have a mean recommendation of 5.00 on this stock (A rating of less than 2 means buy, "hold" within the 3 range, "sell" within the 4 range, and "strong sell" within the 5 range). And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $54.



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