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**Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)**, valued at $55.23B, opened this morning at $79.70. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $79.54 to $80.74 with a one year range of $65.50 to $81.39.

**Duke Energy (DUK)** shares are currently priced at 17.43x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $3.30 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.19%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 10 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.99 per share, which would be $0.04 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.00 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.59 is a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $5.74 Billion. If realized, that would be a 2.68% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** JP Morgan downgraded DUK from Overweight to Neutral (Feb 19, 2016). Previously, Wells Fargo downgraded DUK from Outperform to Market Perform. The average price target for DUK shares by the analysts covering it is $79.82, which is 0.15% above where the stock opened.

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**PG&E Corporation (PCG)**, valued at $29.29B, started the session at $58.70. During today’s session, PCG traded between $58.66 to $59.59 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $47.33 to $60.09 over the last 52 weeks.

**PCG** shares are currently priced at 15.40x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.82 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.13%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 13 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.73 per share, which would be $0.14 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.04 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $3.75 which would be a $0.63 better than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $4.04 Billion. If reported, that would be a 3.59% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Goldman upgraded PCG from Neutral to Buy (Jan 27, 2016). Previously, Morgan Stanley upgraded PCG from Equal-Weight to Overweight. The average price target for PCG shares by the analysts covering it is $61.09, which is 4.07% above where the stock opened.

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**Sempra Energy (SRE)**, with a current market cap of $26.42B, opened at $104.41. Shares have traded today between $103.81 and $106.91 per share with its 52-week range being $86.72 to $108.44.

**SRE** shares are currently priced at 21.02x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $3.02 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.92%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 10 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $1.66 per share, which would be $0.05 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.20 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $4.99 would be a $0.22 setback when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $3.05 Billion. If realized, that would be a 13.81% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** UBS Initiated SRE at Buy (Apr 14, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded SRE from Equal Weight to Overweight. The average price target for SRE shares by the analysts covering it is $114.33, which is 9.50% above where the stock opened.

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**Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)**, valued at $54.54B, started the session at $78.94. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $78.84 and $79.57 with a trailing 52-week range being $65.50 to $81.39.

**DUK** shares are currently priced at 17.20x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $3.30 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.19%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 14 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.14 per share, which would be $0.10 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $4.59 would be a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $6.05 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.17% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** JP Morgan downgraded DUK from Overweight to Neutral (Feb 19, 2016). Previously, Wells Fargo downgraded DUK from Outperform to Market Perform. The average price target for DUK shares by the analysts covering the stock is $79.65, which is 0.90% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)**, valued at $54.44B, began trading this morning at $78.83. Today’s price range has been between $78.72 and $79.20 per share and has traded between $65.50 and $81.39 over the past 12 months.

**DUK** shares are currently priced at 17.07x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $3.30 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.19%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 14 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $1.14 per share, which would be $0.10 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.59 is a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $6.05 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.17% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** JP Morgan downgraded DUK from Overweight to Neutral (Feb 19, 2016). Previously, Wells Fargo downgraded DUK from Outperform to Market Perform. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $79.53, which is 0.89% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)**, with a current market cap of $53.86B, started the session at $77.81. During today’s session, DUK traded between $77.24 to $78.56 and has traded between $65.50 and $81.39 over the past 12 months.

**DUK** shares are currently priced at 17.07x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 17.10x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $3.30 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.29%.

According to a consensus of 14 analysts, the earnings estimate of $1.14 per share would be $0.10 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $4.59 is a $0.05 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $6.05 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.17% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** JP Morgan downgraded DUK from Overweight to Neutral (Feb 19, 2016). Previously, Wells Fargo downgraded DUK from Outperform to Market Perform. The average price target for DUK shares by the analysts covering it is $79.53, which is 2.21% above where the stock opened.

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**NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE)**, with a current market cap of $54.10B, opened this morning at $115.80. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $115.13 and $117.73 with a one year range of $93.74 to $119.37.

Priced at 19.04x this year’s forecasted earnings, **NEE** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x forward p/e ratio. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $3.48 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.04%.

According to a consensus of 12 analysts, the earnings estimate of $1.39 per share would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential increase. The full-year EPS estimate is $6.14 which would be a $0.43 improvement than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $3.96 Billion. If realized, that would be a 3.41% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Macquarie downgraded NEE from Outperform to Neutral (Apr 5, 2016). Previously, Robert W. Baird upgraded NEE from Neutral to Outperform. The average price target for NEE shares is $125.25, which is 8.16% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)**, valued at $53.66B, started the session at $77.24. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $77.01 and $78.00 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $65.50 to $81.39 over the last 52 weeks.

**DUK** shares are currently priced at 16.72x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x earnings multiple for the same period. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $3.30 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.29%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 14 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $1.14 per share, which would be $0.10 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.03 sequential decrease. Furthermore, our analysis shows the full-year EPS estimate to be $4.59, which would be a $0.05 better when compared to the last year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $6.05 Billion. If reported, that would be a 0.17% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** JP Morgan downgraded DUK from Overweight to Neutral (Feb 19, 2016). Previously, Wells Fargo downgraded DUK from Outperform to Market Perform. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $79.53, which is 2.96% above than it opened this morning.

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**Dominion Resources, Inc. (D)**, valued at $42.18B, began trading this morning at $70.14. Looking at today’s market, D one day range is $70.03 to $70.83 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $64.54 to $76.59 over the last 52 weeks.

**D** shares are currently priced at 18.52x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x earnings multiple. And for passive income investors, the company pays shareholders $2.80 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.00%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 12 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $0.94 per share, which would be $0.05 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.05 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $3.79 would be a $0.35 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $3.45 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.17% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Citigroup downgraded D from Buy to Neutral (Feb 2, 2016). Previously, Scotia Howard Weil Initiated D at to Sector Outperform. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $77.60, which is 10.64% above than it opened this morning.

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**American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP)**, valued at $30.81B, started trading this morning at $62.92. A quick look at the market, the company’s stock traded between $62.77 and $63.25 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $52.29 to $67.19 over the last 52 weeks.

**American Electric Power (AEP)** shares are currently priced at 17.02x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x earnings multiple for the same period. And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $2.24 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.57%.

Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 15 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $1.05 per share, which would be $0.23 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.09 sequential decrease. Investors should also note that the full-year EPS estimate of $3.69 is a $0.00 setback when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $4.47 Billion. If reported, that would be a 4.89% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Credit Suisse downgraded AEP from Outperform to Neutral (Oct 23, 2015). Previously, Citigroup Initiated AEP at to Neutral. Given all the information above, we should disclose to readers that the average price target is $67.71, which is 7.61% above than it opened this morning.

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**Sempra Energy (SRE)**, with a current market cap of $25.39B, opened this morning at $101.65. Today, shares have traded between $100.44 and $102.07 per share and has traded between $86.72 and $109.08 over the past year.

**SRE** shares are currently priced at 20.30x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x earnings multiple. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $3.02 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.99%.

According to a consensus of 9 analysts, the earnings estimate of $1.65 per share would be $0.06 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.21 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $4.99 which would be a $0.22 setback than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $3.05 Billion. If reported, that would be a 13.81% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** UBS Initiated SRE at Buy (Apr 14, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded SRE from Equal Weight to Overweight. Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $114.33, which is 12.47% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Exelon Corporation (EXC)**, with a current value of $31.49B, started the session at $33.89. Today, shares have traded between $33.75 and $34.23 per share with its 52-week range being $25.09 to $35.95.

**EXC** shares are currently priced at 13.24x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 16.86x forward p/e ratio. And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.24 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.64%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 12 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.69 per share, which would be $0.02 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.01 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.52 which would be a $0.03 better than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $7.34 Billion. If realized, that would be a 15.05% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Argus upgraded EXC from Hold to Buy (Mar 7, 2016). Previously, Citigroup downgraded EXC from Neutral to Sell. The average price target for EXC shares is $36.25, which is 6.96% above where the stock opened this morning.

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**Southern Company (SO)**, currently valued at $45.24B, opened at $49.18. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $49.08 to $49.45 with its 52-week range being $41.40 to $51.79.

**SO** shares are currently priced at 17.23x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 17.29x forward p/e ratio. The company pays shareholders $2.17 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.26%.

According to a consensus of 12 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.53 per share would be $0.03 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.06 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $2.84 which would be a $0.05 setback than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $4.25 Billion. If reported, that would be a 1.67% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**More recently, ** Mizuho Initiated SO at Buy (Apr 24, 2015). Previously, Guggenheim Initiated SO at to Neutral. The average price target for SO shares by the analysts covering it is $49.07, which is 0.22% below where the stock opened.

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**American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP)**, with a current market cap of $30.57B, began trading this morning at $63.60. Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $62.01 to $63.60 with a one year range of $52.29 to $67.19.

**American Electric Power (AEP)** shares are currently priced at 17.22x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 17.29x earnings multiple for the same period. The company pays shareholders $2.24 per share annually in dividends, yielding 3.40%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 13 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.07 per share, which would be $0.21 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.08 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $3.70 would be a $0.01 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $4.49 Billion. If realized, that would be a 4.47% decrease over the year-ago quarter.

**In terms of ratings, ** Credit Suisse downgraded AEP from Outperform to Neutral (Oct 23, 2015). Previously, Citigroup Initiated AEP at to Neutral. The average price target for AEP shares by the analysts covering it is $67.50, which is 6.13% above where the stock opened.

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**Southern Company (SO)**, valued at $44.94B, began trading this morning at $49.75. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $48.90 to $49.77 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $41.40 to $51.79 over the last 52 weeks.

Priced at 17.52x this year’s forecasted earnings, **SO** shares are relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.29x forward p/e ratio. And for passive income investors, the company pays shareholders $2.17 per share annually in dividends, yielding 4.28%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 10 sell-side analysts are looking at $0.53 per share, which would be $0.03 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.06 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $2.84 would be a $0.05 setback when compared to the previous year’s annual results. The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $4.25 Billion. If realized, that would be a 1.67% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** Mizuho Initiated SO at Buy (Apr 24, 2015). Previously, Guggenheim Initiated SO at to Neutral. The average price target for SO shares is $48.86, which is 1.79% below where the stock opened this morning.

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**Sempra Energy (SRE)**, with a current value of $26.01B, opened this morning at $104.46. Looking at the stock, its one day range is $103.87 to $105.46 with a trailing 52-week range being $86.72 to $110.31.

**SRE** shares are currently priced at 20.88x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 17.21x forward p/e ratio. And for dividend hunters, the company pays shareholders $3.02 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.89%.

In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 9 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.66 per share, which would be $0.05 worse than the year-ago quarter and a $0.22 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $4.99 which would be a $0.22 setback than last year’s full-year earnings. The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $3.05 Billion. If reported, that would be a 13.81% increase over the year-ago quarter.

**Recently, ** UBS Initiated SRE at Buy (Apr 14, 2014). Previously, Barclays upgraded SRE from Equal Weight to Overweight. The average price target for SRE shares by the analysts covering the stock is $114.33, which is 9.45% above where the stock opened this morning.

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