News stories about SM Energy (NYSE:SM) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SM Energy earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the energy company an impact score of 46.2696414464574 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 media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

SM Energy (NYSE SM) traded down $0.09 on Friday, hitting $20.96. The stock had a trading volume of 1,178,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,387,903. 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 has a 52-week low of $12.29 and a 52-week high of $42.45.

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

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

A number of research firms recently issued reports on SM. BMO Capital Markets set a $21.00 price objective on SM Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 10th. Williams Capital restated a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on shares of SM Energy in a report on Friday, September 15th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $20.00 price objective on SM Energy and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 24th. Barclays PLC dropped their price objective on SM Energy from $21.00 to $20.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded SM Energy from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. SM Energy currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus 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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