News coverage about South Jersey Industries (NYSE:SJI) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. South Jersey Industries earned a news impact score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.8595164191402 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on SJI. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Morgan Stanley cut their target price on shares of South Jersey Industries from $40.00 to $37.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Williams Capital upgraded shares of South Jersey Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $36.00 to $37.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of South Jersey Industries in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Guggenheim reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $32.00 target price on shares of South Jersey Industries in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.17.

Shares of South Jersey Industries (SJI) opened at $27.38 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 0.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97. South Jersey Industries has a 1 year low of $26.41 and a 1 year high of $38.40. The company has a market cap of $2,180.00, a P/E ratio of 57.04, a P/E/G ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 0.57.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, March 19th will be given a dividend of $0.28 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 16th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.09%. South Jersey Industries’s dividend payout ratio is presently 233.33%.

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South Jersey Industries Company Profile

South Jersey Industries, Inc (SJI) is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy-related products and services, primarily through its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries include South Jersey Gas Company (SJG), South Jersey Energy Company (SJE), South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (SJRG), South Jersey Exploration, LLC (SJEX), Marina Energy, LLC (Marina), South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC (SJESP) and SJI Midstream, LLC (Midstream).

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