Atlantica Yield (AY) Receiving Somewhat Negative Media Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about Atlantica Yield (NASDAQ:AY) have trended somewhat negative recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Atlantica Yield earned a media sentiment score of -0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.8220317244668 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Atlantica Yield (AY) opened at $21.21 on Thursday. Atlantica Yield has a twelve month low of $19.30 and a twelve month high of $25.99. The firm has a market cap of $2,150.00, a PE ratio of 75.75, a P/E/G ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a current ratio of 2.23, a quick ratio of 2.20 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.90.

Atlantica Yield (NASDAQ:AY) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 13th. The utilities provider reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.30). Atlantica Yield had a return on equity of 1.41% and a net margin of 2.85%. The firm had revenue of $291.96 million for the quarter. analysts predict that Atlantica Yield will post 0.74 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a dividend of $0.29 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. This is a boost from Atlantica Yield’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.47%. Atlantica Yield’s payout ratio is 414.29%.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Atlantica Yield from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. BidaskClub raised shares of Atlantica Yield from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Bank of America restated a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target on shares of Atlantica Yield in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 price target on shares of Atlantica Yield in a report on Monday, September 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Atlantica Yield has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $23.80.

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Atlantica Yield Company Profile

Atlantica Yield plc, formerly Abengoa Yield plc, is a total return company. The Company owns, manages, and acquires renewable energy, conventional power, electric transmission lines and water assets, focused on North America (the United States and Mexico), South America (Peru, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (Spain, Algeria and South Africa).

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