Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL): What is the Risk Factor?

Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL) saw a downside of -1.00% on Monday to $62.57 after subtracting -$0.63. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,575,367 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $65.11 in the past week. An average of 3,531,092 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,755,171.

XEL’s 1-month performance is -8.76% or -$5.05 on its low of $61.15 reached on 09/28/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $57.23 and high of $76.44, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 05/11/21. YTD, XEL has lost -5.20% or -$3.96. However, the current price is down -18.14%% from the 52-week high price.


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Insider Transactions

On Sep 01, 40 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL). FOWKE BENJAMIN G S III (Executive Chairman) most recently sold 54,348 shares at $69.73 per share on Sep 01. This transaction cost the insider $3,789,893. SVP, Strategy, Planning & Ext., Prager Frank P, sold 1,734 shares at a price of $68.58 on Jul 30. Then, on Jun 15, EVP, Chief Human Resources Off Figoli Darla sold 10,886 shares at a price of $69.31 per share. This transaction amounted to $754,463.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 27.13 and a low of 17.75. XEL stock has a beta of 0.35. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.70 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.30.

Xcel Energy Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.83 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.93% and the payout ratio is 59.40%. XEL paid $0.4575 a share compared with prior rate of $0.4575, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0275 reported on Wednesday February 17 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 19.44% yearly.

It is projected that Xcel Energy Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 23-Dec. XEL is expected to distribute $0.4575 as its next dividend.

Xcel Energy Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 0.70, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.80 meaning that XEL stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.46, while the total debt to equity was 1.58. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 93.20%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 36.54% while for the period ending June 29; Xcel Energy Inc.’s operating margin was 17.10%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.12 billion against revenue of $11.53 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Net income grew 14.0% to $5.67 billion, while revenue of $6.41 billion was -13.17% off the previous quarter. Analysts expected XEL to announce $0.56 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.58, representing a 3.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $990.0 million. XEL stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 41.99 billion, with total debt at $24.77 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $538.44 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 08 October was 39.69% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 20.07%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $63.50, reflecting a -1.86% or -$1.19 change from its current price. XEL is currently trading -6.51% above its 20-day SMA, -11.14% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -8.12% and -2.49% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 54.07% and 62.54% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.27. The RSI (14) points at 38.99%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 39.32% with the period’s ATR at 1.23. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.06 and 0.28 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL), Barclays upgraded it to an Overweight rating. They previously had an Equal weight rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for XEL stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate XEL as a “sell,”, while 11 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 3 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is XEL’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $65.00 and a high of $80.00, with their median price target at $72.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) stock is $71.93.

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