Handle With Care: Xcel Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL)

Currently, there are 554.94M common shares owned by the public and among those 554.20M shares have been available to trade.

The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 3.05% and -12.65% over the past three months. XEL shares are trading -12.65% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -19.18% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $46.79 and touched a high of $71.96 over the same period. XEL has an average intraday trading volume of 5.77 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 4.43%, -3.06%, and -8.76% respectively.

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Institutional ownership of Xcel Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: XEL) shares accounts for 79.70% of the company’s 554.94M shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $30.02B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.37. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 16.86, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $3.21. The company has a PEG of 2.62 and a Quick Ratio of 0.59 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 1.57. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.73% over the week and 2.62% over the month.

Analysts forecast that Xcel Energy, Inc. (XEL) will achieve an EPS of $0.8 for the current quarter, $0.59 for the next quarter and $3.83 for 2025. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.72 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.85. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.76 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 6.69%, and 7.73% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 6.43% over the next five years, compared to 5.37% over the past 5-year period.

Looking at the support for the XEL, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Wolfe Research stated their Outperform rating for the stock in a research note on March 11, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $58. Barclays coverage for the Xcel Energy, Inc. (XEL) stock in a research note released on March 11, 2024 offered a Overweight rating with a price target of $54. BofA Securities was of a view on October 06, 2023 that the stock is Buy, while Barclays gave the stock Equal Weight rating on August 24, 2023, issuing a price target of $60. BofA Securities on their part issued Neutral rating on August 22, 2023.

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