NiSource: Double Energy Play
- 100% technical buy signals.
- 11 new highs and up 11.97% in the last month.
- 33.28% gain in the last year plus a 2.97% dividend.
- Price targets as high as 36.00.
The Chart of the Day belongs to the electric and natural gas company NiSource (NI). I found the stock by using Barchart's powerful screening function to find the stock with the highest Weighted Alpha and technical buy signals that are closest to their 52 week highs, then used the Flipchart function to review the charts for consistent price appreciation. Since the Trend Spotter signaled a buy on 1/27 the stock gained 14.69%. The stock is within .03% of its 52 week high.
NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, operates as a regulated natural gas and electric utility company in the United States. It operates through two segments, Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The company distributes natural gas to approximately 853,000 customers in northern Indiana, as well as approximately 2.4 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland. It operates approximately 54,600 miles of distribution main pipelines, as well as associated individual customer service lines; and 1,000 miles of transmission main pipelines. The company generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to approximately 483,000 customers in 20 counties in the northern part of Indiana, as well as engages in wholesale electric and transmission transactions. It owns and operates coal-fired electric generating stations with a capacity of 722 megawatts (MW) in Wheatfield and 455 MW in Michigan City; combined cycle gas turbine with a capacity of 563 MW in West Terre Haute; natural gas generating units with a capacity of 155 MW in Wheatfield; hydro generating plants with a capacity of 9 MW in Carroll County and 7 MW in White County; and wind generating units with a capacity of 102 MW and 302 MW in White County, Indiana. The company was formerly known as NIPSCO Industries, Inc. and changed its name to NiSource Inc. in April 1999. NiSource Inc. was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. (Source: Seeking Alpha)
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Barchart Technical Indicators:
- 100% technical buy signals
- 36.25+ Weighted Alpha
- 33.28% gain in the last year
- Trend Spotter buy signal
- Above its 20, 50 and 100 day moving averages
- 11 new highs and up 11.97% in the last month
- Relative Strength Index 77.18%
- Technical support level at 31.65
- Recently traded at 32.08 with a 50 day moving average of 29.38
- Market Cap $12.90 billion
- P/E 22.58
- Dividend yield 2.97%
- Revenue expected to grow 5.50% this year and another 5.50% next year
- Earnings estimated to increase 5.80% this year, an additional 6.90% next year and continue to compound at an annual rate of 3.52% for the next 5 years
Analysts and Investor Sentiment - I don't buy stocks because everyone else is buying but I do realize that if major firms and investors are dumping a stock it's hard to make money swimming against the tide:
- Wall Street analysts issued 6 strong buy, 4 buy, 3 hold opinions on the stock
- Some analysts have a price target as high as 36.00
- The individual investors following the stock on Motley Fool voted 142 to 21 for the stock to beat the market with the more experienced investors voting 17 to 6 for the same result
- 6,890 investors are monitoring the stock on Seeking Alpha
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