SCANA (SCG) Earning Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Accern Reports

News articles about SCANA (NYSE:SCG) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. SCANA earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.2042634051939 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of SCANA (SCG) traded down $0.46 during trading on Friday, reaching $44.05. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,621,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,560,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 0.88 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The stock has a market capitalization of $6,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.94, a P/E/G ratio of 4.08 and a beta of 0.20. SCANA has a fifty-two week low of $37.10 and a fifty-two week high of $72.89.

SCANA (NYSE:SCG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The utilities provider reported $1.16 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.17 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $1.08 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.17 billion. SCANA had a net margin of 10.45% and a return on equity of 10.05%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.32 EPS. equities analysts expect that SCANA will post 4.18 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 1st. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, December 12th were given a dividend of $0.6125 per share. This represents a $2.45 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, December 11th. SCANA’s dividend payout ratio is currently 77.53%.

A number of brokerages recently commented on SCG. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “underweight” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of SCANA in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Edward Jones raised SCANA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Guggenheim raised SCANA from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. TheStreet lowered SCANA from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, ValuEngine raised SCANA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. SCANA has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $58.94.

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SCANA Company Profile

SCANA Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in South Carolina. The Company operates through segments, including Electric Operations, Gas Distribution, Gas Marketing and All Other. The Company is engaged in the purchase, transmission and sale of natural gas in North Carolina and South Carolina.

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