Westar Energy (WR) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Westar Energy earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.2278522187651 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

WR has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Westar Energy from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price target on shares of Westar Energy from $62.00 to $56.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Bank of America began coverage on shares of Westar Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $57.00 price target on the stock. Finally, UBS Group began coverage on shares of Westar Energy in a report on Friday, February 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. Westar Energy currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $55.50.

Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) traded up $0.05 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $50.71. 517,283 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 662,417. Westar Energy has a one year low of $47.06 and a one year high of $57.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a current ratio of 1.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $7,210.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.04, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.94 and a beta of 0.35.

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Westar Energy Company Profile

Westar Energy, Inc is an electric utility. The Company provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services. The Company provides these services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina and Hutchinson. Its subsidiary, Kansas Gas and Electric Company (KGE), provides these services in south-central and southeastern Kansas, including the city of Wichita.

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