Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 5,346 shares of the utilities provider’s stock, valued at approximately $572,000.

Other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Shell Asset Management Co. grew its holdings in Sempra Energy by 14.1% in the 3rd quarter. Shell Asset Management Co. now owns 66,058 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $6,961,000 after buying an additional 8,165 shares in the last quarter. Capital Guardian Trust Co. grew its holdings in Sempra Energy by 10.7% in the 3rd quarter. Capital Guardian Trust Co. now owns 276,328 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $31,537,000 after buying an additional 26,798 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its holdings in Sempra Energy by 3.4% in the 3rd quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 542,500 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $61,916,000 after buying an additional 17,800 shares in the last quarter. Capital International Investors grew its holdings in Sempra Energy by 14.8% in the 3rd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 11,467,602 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $1,308,797,000 after buying an additional 1,474,282 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC grew its holdings in Sempra Energy by 63.5% in the 3rd quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 68,107 shares of the utilities provider’s stock valued at $7,773,000 after buying an additional 26,442 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 73.63% of the company’s stock.

Sempra Energy (SRE) opened at $105.05 on Tuesday. Sempra Energy has a 12 month low of $99.71 and a 12 month high of $122.97. The company has a market capitalization of $26,410.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.29, a PEG ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 0.62. The company has a quick ratio of 0.36, a current ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.96.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The utilities provider reported $1.04 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.04. Sempra Energy had a return on equity of 8.81% and a net margin of 10.22%. The business had revenue of $2.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.64 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.02 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Sempra Energy will post 5.26 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, January 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th were paid a dividend of $0.8225 per share. This represents a $3.29 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.13%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 28th. Sempra Energy’s payout ratio is 72.95%.

Several analysts have issued reports on SRE shares. Bank of America started coverage on Sempra Energy in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $125.00 target price for the company. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “buy” rating and issued a $121.00 target price (down from $130.00) on shares of Sempra Energy in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their target price on Sempra Energy from $123.00 to $124.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Goldman Sachs Group raised Sempra Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their price target for the company from $117.00 to $129.00 in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Sempra Energy has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $122.33.

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Sempra Energy Company Profile

Sempra Energy is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating units are Sempra Utilities, which includes its San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra South American Utilities segments, and Sempra Infrastructure, which includes its Sempra Mexico, Sempra Renewables and Sempra LNG & Midstream segments.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE)

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