Media stories about Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Chesapeake Utilities earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.355428773834 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of analysts have recently commented on CPK shares. Zacks Investment Research cut Chesapeake Utilities from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Sidoti started coverage on Chesapeake Utilities in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $85.00 price target on the stock.

Shares of Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) traded up $2.15 on Friday, hitting $70.50. The stock had a trading volume of 83,555 shares, compared to its average volume of 93,522. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.43, a quick ratio of 0.39 and a current ratio of 0.44. Chesapeake Utilities has a 12-month low of $64.30 and a 12-month high of $86.35. The company has a market cap of $1,117.14, a PE ratio of 26.21, a P/E/G ratio of 3.36 and a beta of 0.15.

Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The utilities provider reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.35 by $0.07. Chesapeake Utilities had a return on equity of 9.58% and a net margin of 7.58%. The firm had revenue of $126.94 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $123.65 million. sell-side analysts forecast that Chesapeake Utilities will post 2.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Thomas P. Hill, Jr. acquired 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $75.62 per share, for a total transaction of $75,620.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider John R. Schimkaitis sold 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $76.65, for a total transaction of $191,625.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 4.16% of the company’s stock.

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Chesapeake Utilities Company Profile

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Chesapeake) is an energy company. The Company operates through two segments: Regulated Energy and Unregulated Energy. The Company provides natural gas distribution and transmission; natural gas supply, gathering, processing and marketing; electric distribution and generation; propane distribution; propane and crude oil wholesale marketing; steam generation, and other energy-related services.

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