Signaturefd LLC lifted its stake in Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) by 5.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 1,822 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 92 shares during the period. Signaturefd LLC’s holdings in Sempra Energy were worth $250,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of SRE. Westside Investment Management Inc. bought a new position in Sempra Energy in the 2nd quarter worth $41,000. Global Retirement Partners LLC boosted its holdings in Sempra Energy by 35.0% in the 1st quarter. Global Retirement Partners LLC now owns 324 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $41,000 after buying an additional 84 shares during the period. NuWave Investment Management LLC bought a new position in Sempra Energy in the 2nd quarter worth $52,000. Harvest Group Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Sempra Energy in the 1st quarter worth $51,000. Finally, Horrell Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in Sempra Energy in the 2nd quarter worth $69,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.11% of the company’s stock.

SRE opened at $136.75 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $138.09. Sempra Energy has a 52 week low of $104.88 and a 52 week high of $141.86. The company has a market cap of $37.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.55, a PEG ratio of 2.93 and a beta of 0.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24, a current ratio of 0.34 and a quick ratio of 0.31.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $1.10 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.19 by ($0.09). Sempra Energy had a net margin of 18.61% and a return on equity of 10.18%. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.32 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.35 EPS. As a group, analysts forecast that Sempra Energy will post 6.03 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Sempra Energy news, insider Joseph A. Householder sold 50,400 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.80, for a total transaction of $6,793,920.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 55,115 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,429,502. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CAO Peter R. Wall sold 723 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $135.47, for a total transaction of $97,944.81. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 2,359 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $319,573.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 60,515 shares of company stock valued at $8,148,984 in the last three months. Insiders own 0.13% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Sempra Energy from $132.00 to $142.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, May 23rd. KeyCorp assumed coverage on shares of Sempra Energy in a report on Tuesday, June 4th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $151.00 target price for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $147.00 target price for the company. in a report on Wednesday, July 24th. Barclays assumed coverage on shares of Sempra Energy in a report on Tuesday. They issued an “equal weight” rating and a $142.00 target price for the company. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $142.38.

About Sempra Energy

Sempra Energy, together with its subsidiaries, invests in, develops, and operates energy infrastructure, as well as provides electric and gas services in the United States and internationally. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and supplies natural gas.

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

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