News stories about ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. ONEOK earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.2343259084041 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of ONEOK (OKE) traded up $2.22 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $56.55. 2,580,000 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,390,000. The firm has a market cap of $23,050.00, a P/E ratio of 35.34, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.72 and a beta of 1.26. The company has a quick ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47. ONEOK has a 1-year low of $47.14 and a 1-year high of $61.36.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 14th. Investors of record on Monday, January 29th will be given a $0.77 dividend. This represents a $3.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 5.45%. This is an increase from ONEOK’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.75. The ex-dividend date is Friday, January 26th. ONEOK’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 192.50%.

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on OKE shares. BMO Capital Markets set a $62.00 target price on shares of ONEOK and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. UBS Group raised their target price on shares of ONEOK from $60.00 to $61.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $55.00 target price on shares of ONEOK in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ONEOK from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Mizuho reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $61.00 target price on shares of ONEOK in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $60.15.

In other news, Director Brian L. Derksen purchased 1,800 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 20th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $51.00 per share, for a total transaction of $91,800.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.00% of the company’s stock.

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ONEOK, Inc is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions.

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