Analysts’ target prices
Wall Street analysts have given NRG Energy (NRG) stock a median target price of $44.6, which implies an upside potential of 11.4% from its current price of $40.0 over the next 12 months.
Among the ten analysts tracking NRG Energy, four recommended a “strong buy,” five recommended a “buy,” and one recommended a “hold.” None of the analysts recommended a “sell” as of January 8.
AES’s target price
Analysts’ median target price of $16.2 for AES (AES) implies an upside potential of more than 7% compared to its current market price of $15.0 over the next 12 months.
Among the ten analysts tracking AES, four recommended a “buy,” five recommended a “hold,” and one recommended a “sell.”
NRG Energy’s attractive valuation and potential earnings growth in 2019 makes it an alluring investment bet. Unlike other utilities, NRG Energy pays trivial dividends. NRG Energy is more volatile than its peers. Investors usually turn to defensive stocks like utilities amid broader market turmoil in search of yields and safe stock movements. Despite being part of the Utilities ETF (XLU), NRG Energy seems to be an exception and a relatively risky bet.
To learn about how top utilities are placed ahead and where they might go, read How Top Utility Stocks Are Placed at the Beginning of 2019