SM Energy (SM) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about SM Energy (NYSE:SM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring 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. SM Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the energy company an impact score of 48.2899555394606 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

SM Energy (SM) opened at $20.96 on Friday. SM Energy has a 52 week low of $12.29 and a 52 week high of $42.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.20, a current ratio of 1.53 and a quick ratio of 1.53.

SM Energy (NYSE:SM) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The energy company reported ($0.25) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.32) by $0.07. The business had revenue of $295.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $300.80 million. SM Energy had a negative return on equity of 2.88% and a negative net margin of 25.17%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 16.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($0.37) EPS. sell-side analysts predict that SM Energy will post -1.05 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, October 20th were paid a $0.05 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 0.54%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 19th. SM Energy’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -2.93%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on SM. Barclays PLC reduced their price objective on SM Energy from $21.00 to $20.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $20.00 price target on SM Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. BMO Capital Markets set a $21.00 price target on SM Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $26.00 price target on shares of SM Energy in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Williams Capital reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 price target on shares of SM Energy in a research report on Friday, September 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.67.

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About SM Energy

SM Energy Company is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and condensate, natural gas and natural gas liquids in onshore North America. It operates in the exploration and production segment of the oil and gas industry within the United States.

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