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Inside Xcel Energy's Key Indicators: What Recent Changes Suggest

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Xcel Energy on the Street: Analyst Recommendations and Price Targets

Xcel Energy’s price targets

According to the Wall Street analysts covering Xcel Energy (XEL) stock, the company is expected to have a flat-to-negative movement in the coming year. It has a price target of $44.17, as compared to its current market price of $44.58 on April 11, 2017, implying an estimated fall of 0.9%.

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 has recommended a “sell” as of April 12, 2017.

Xcel Energy on the Street: Analyst Recommendations and Price Targets

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By comparison, the consensus Wall Street analyst price target for Duke Energy (DUK) is $81.06. Its current market price is $82.26, implying a fall of nearly 1.5% over the next year.

The price target for Southern Company (SO) is $50.71. Its current market price is $49.69, implying a rise of 2.0% over the next year.

Xcel Energy’s outlook

Overall, Xcel Energy’s dividend profile—though not the best in the industry—looks attractive in the longer term. But the projected interest rate hikes in 2017 are expected to be significant headwinds for most utilities going forward.

Also, US utilities’ (XLU) dividend yield premiums over the ten-year Treasury yield have reduced significantly, from more than 200 basis points in mid-2016 to less than 100 basis points now.

At the same time, President Trump’s apparently pro-business stance, which includes plans to repeal health safety and environmental regulations like the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, will likely support the growth of some utilities like Xcel Energy—especially utilities with coal-dominated fuel mixes.

For ongoing updates on this industry, keep checking in with Market Realist’s Utilities page.

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