Is Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) Stock Cheap Or Risky?

As of Friday close, Xcel Energy Inc.’s (NASDAQ:XEL) stock was up $0.94, moving up 1.28 percent to $74.49. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 3,614,960 shares. 3 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $1.41 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 3,724,700, while in the previous 50 days, it was 3,199,666.

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Since last month, XEL stock rose 0.16%. Shares of the company fell to $71.82 on 05/03/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $76.05 was reached on 04/21/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $61.15. Since the beginning of this year, XEL’s stock price has risen by 10.03% or $6.79, and marked a new high 16 times. However, the stock has declined by -2.05% since its 52-week high.

Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) last reported insider trading activity 15 days ago on Apr 29. Prager Frank P, the SVP, Strategy, Security & Ext. of the company, disposed of 1,000 shares for $73.58 on Apr 29. It resulted in a $73,584 divestment by the insider. FOWKE BENJAMIN G S III sold 50,000 shares at an average price of $67.57 on Dec 13. The insider now owns 150,555 shares following the transaction. On Oct 29, SVP, Strategy, Planning & Ext. Prager Frank P sold 3,150 shares at $64.60 apiece. The transaction was valued at $203,493.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) has a P/E ratio of about 24.96. The stock’s beta is 0.34. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.96, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 2.58.

The latest dividend of $0.4875 per share was paid out, which is 6.56% more than last year’s $0.4575. On Wednesday February 23 2022, a $0.03 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended March 30, Xcel Energy Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 0.70, while its current ratio was 0.80, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending March 30 was 1.37, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 1.49. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 88.80% percent. In the year ended March 30, operating margins totaled 16.10%. Based on annual data, XEL earned $2.2 billion in gross profit and brought in $13.43 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 5.80%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 10.50%.

In Xcel Energy Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for March 30, it reported total debt of $21.53 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. XEL’s revenue fell -0.42% to $5.92 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $6.38 billion. While analysts expected Xcel Energy Inc. to report $0.68 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.7 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 2.90%. During the quarter, the company generated $1.11 billion in EBITDA. The liabilities of Xcel Energy Inc. were 42.25 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended March 30, and its total debt was $24.75 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $544.65 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Xcel Energy Inc.’s (XEL) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 13.60%, the RSI 9-day stood at 59.07% on 13 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Xcel Energy Inc. price is up by +1.93% percent or $1.41. At present, XEL shares trade +0.20% above its 20-day simple moving average and +10.98% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +7.75% above its SMA50 and +8.29% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 57.61% and Stochastic coefficient D was 50.46%, while ATR was 1.69. Given the Stochastic reading of 70.45% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 57.36%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.61, while the 14-day reading stands at 0.60.

Analyst Ratings

Credit Suisse launched its rating on Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL) to an Outperform in a note to investors on April 26, 2022. Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 1 brokerage firm, XEL is a sell, and 6 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 1 analyst who say the stock is underweight. A total of 1 analyst rate Xcel Energy Inc. stock as buy, with 7 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $79.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $67.50 – $84.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) will achieve an average price target of $77.96.


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