FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FEGet Free Report) announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The utilities provider reported $0.62 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.02, Briefing.com reports. FirstEnergy had a net margin of 4.06% and a return on equity of 12.93%. The firm had revenue of $3.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.10 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.50 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year.

FirstEnergy Stock Up 3.6 %

Shares of NYSE FE traded up $1.30 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $37.09. The stock had a trading volume of 6,392,328 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,096,886. The business’s 50 day moving average is $37.07 and its 200-day moving average is $36.54. The company has a market cap of $21.28 billion, a P/E ratio of 46.25 and a beta of 0.49. FirstEnergy has a 52 week low of $32.18 and a 52 week high of $41.99. The company has a quick ratio of 0.43, a current ratio of 0.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.09.

FirstEnergy Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be paid a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 6th. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.42%. FirstEnergy’s dividend payout ratio is presently 205.00%.

Insider Transactions at FirstEnergy

In related news, SVP Christine Walker sold 12,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $37.58, for a total transaction of $469,750.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 36,959 shares in the company, valued at $1,388,919.22. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.08% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Trading of FirstEnergy

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in FE. Clear Street Markets LLC increased its holdings in FirstEnergy by 549.0% during the fourth quarter. Clear Street Markets LLC now owns 649 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $27,000 after buying an additional 549 shares during the last quarter. Certified Advisory Corp purchased a new stake in shares of FirstEnergy in the first quarter worth $29,000. Cornerstone Planning Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of FirstEnergy in the second quarter worth $31,000. MUFG Americas Holdings Corp purchased a new stake in shares of FirstEnergy in the third quarter worth $32,000. Finally, KB Financial Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of FirstEnergy in the first quarter worth $34,000. 82.34% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on shares of FirstEnergy from $44.00 to $42.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. StockNews.com raised shares of FirstEnergy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on shares of FirstEnergy from $42.00 to $39.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, KeyCorp boosted their price target on shares of FirstEnergy from $41.00 to $43.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $39.67.

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FirstEnergy Company Profile

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FirstEnergy Corp., through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Distribution and Regulated Transmission segments. The company owns and operates coal-fired, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and solar power generating facilities.

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