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Xcel Energy’s 4Q16 Earnings on February 2: What to Expect

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Analysts’ Views on Xcel Energy ahead of 4Q16 Earnings

Price targets

According to Wall Street analysts, Xcel Energy (XEL) has an expected upside of nearly 4.0% for the coming year. It has a price target of $42.63 compared to its current market price of $41.07 on January 20, 2017.

Of the 15 analysts tracking Xcel Energy, 12 have recommended a “hold,” and two have recommended a “strong buy.” One analyst has given the company a “buy” recommendation. None of the analysts recommended a “sell” as of January 20, 2017. As you can see in the graph below, the “sell” ratings have emerged as “hold” ratings in the last few months.

Analysts’ Views on Xcel Energy ahead of 4Q16 Earnings

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Xcel’s peers

According to Wall Street analysts, American Electric Power (AEP) has a median price target of $66.81, which implies an estimated upside of 5.0% in the next year. Duke Energy (DUK) has an estimated rise of just 3.0% through the next year and a mean price of $79.65 compared to its current market price of $77.50.

To find out which utilities may offer attractive upsides in 2017, check out Market Realist’s series A Look at S&P 500 Utilities with Attractive Upsides in 2017.

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