NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) has been given an average rating of “Sell” by the six ratings firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation and two have given a hold recommendation to the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $54.67.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on NWE. BidaskClub raised shares of NorthWestern Corporation from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NorthWestern Corporation from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Credit Suisse Group dropped their price target on shares of NorthWestern Corporation from $60.00 to $58.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 10th. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of NorthWestern Corporation in a research note on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation assumed coverage on shares of NorthWestern Corporation in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $54.00 price target on the stock.

In related news, CEO Robert C. Rowe sold 3,626 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.43, for a total value of $219,119.18. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 1.33% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in NorthWestern Corporation during the 2nd quarter valued at about $155,000. Riverhead Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in NorthWestern Corporation by 62.8% during the 2nd quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 2,931 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $179,000 after acquiring an additional 1,131 shares during the period. North Star Investment Management Corp. lifted its stake in NorthWestern Corporation by 100.4% during the 2nd quarter. North Star Investment Management Corp. now owns 3,295 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $201,000 after acquiring an additional 1,651 shares during the period. Stevens Capital Management LP bought a new position in NorthWestern Corporation during the 2nd quarter valued at about $201,000. Finally, Legg Mason Asset Management Japan Co. Ltd. bought a new position in NorthWestern Corporation during the 2nd quarter valued at about $207,000. Institutional investors own 96.97% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE NWE) opened at $61.60 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $3,016.75, a PE ratio of 18.75, a PEG ratio of 11.93 and a beta of 0.35. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05, a current ratio of 0.42 and a quick ratio of 0.33. NorthWestern Corporation has a 1 year low of $54.07 and a 1 year high of $63.86.

NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.74 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.75 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $309.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $305.60 million. NorthWestern Corporation had a return on equity of 9.41% and a net margin of 12.44%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.68 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that NorthWestern Corporation will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th will be paid a $0.525 dividend. This represents a $2.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 14th. NorthWestern Corporation’s payout ratio is 63.44%.

About NorthWestern Corporation

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as North-Western Energy, provides electricity and natural gas. The Company’s segments are Electric operations, Natural gas operations and All other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided electricity and natural gas to approximately 709,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

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