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Xcel Energy Inc is an utilities—regulated electric business based in the US. Xcel Energy shares (XEL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Xcel Energy employs 11,273 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$11.2 billion.

How to buy shares in Xcel Energy

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Xcel Energy Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: XEL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Xcel Energy reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$73.13, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Xcel Energy, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Xcel Energy. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Xcel Energy's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Xcel Energy's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$73.13, which is 3.16% up on its pre-crash value of USD$70.82 and 57.00% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$46.58.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Xcel Energy shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$720.00 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,053.07.

Xcel Energy share price

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Xcel Energy shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-13.
Latest market closeUSD$73.13
52-week rangeUSD$46.58 - USD$74.41
50-day moving average USD$69.612
200-day moving average USD$65.8996
Wall St. target priceUSD$68.08
PE ratio 27.2322
Dividend yield USD$1.72 (2.34%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.665

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Is it a good time to buy Xcel Energy stock?

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Xcel Energy price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $73.13 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-10-12) -0.67%
1 month (2020-09-18) 9.31%
3 months (2020-07-17) 10.15%
6 months (2020-04-17) 8.91%
1 year (2019-10-18) 14.25%
2 years (2018-10-19) 48.85%
3 years (2017-10-19) 48.49%
5 years (2015-10-19) 101.68%

Is Xcel Energy under- or over-valued?

Valuing Xcel Energy stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Xcel Energy's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Xcel Energy's P/E ratio

Xcel Energy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 27x. In other words, Xcel Energy shares trade at around 27x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Xcel Energy's PEG ratio

Xcel Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.9719. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Xcel Energy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Xcel Energy's EBITDA

Xcel Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Xcel Energy's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Xcel Energy financials

Revenue TTM USD$11.2 billion
Operating margin TTM 18.4%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.53%
Return on equity TTM 10.88%
Profit margin 12.5%
Book value $25.485
Market capitalisation USD$38.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Xcel Energy shares

There are currently 7.7 million Xcel Energy shares held short by investors – that's known as Xcel Energy's "short interest". This figure is 10.5% down from 8.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Xcel Energy shares can be evaluated.

Xcel Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Xcel Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Xcel Energy shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Xcel Energy shares traded daily (recently around 2.3 million). Xcel Energy's SIR currently stands at 3.3. In other words for every 100,000 Xcel Energy shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3300 shares are currently held short.

However Xcel Energy's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Xcel Energy shares, or, against the total number of tradable Xcel Energy shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Xcel Energy's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Xcel Energy shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0146% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Xcel Energy shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Xcel Energy.

Find out more about how you can short Xcel Energy stock.

Xcel Energy's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Xcel Energy.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Xcel Energy's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.88

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Xcel Energy's overall score of 32.88 (as at 10/01/2020) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Xcel Energy is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Xcel Energy's environmental score

Environmental score: 20.46/100

Xcel Energy's environmental score of 20.46 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Xcel Energy is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Xcel Energy's social score

Social score: 13.65/100

Xcel Energy's social score of 13.65 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Xcel Energy is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Xcel Energy's governance score

Governance score: 7.77/100

Xcel Energy's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Xcel Energy is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Xcel Energy's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Xcel Energy scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Xcel Energy has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Xcel Energy Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 32.88
Total ESG percentile 62.04
Environmental score 20.46
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 13.65
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 7.77
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 1

Xcel Energy share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 63.48% of net profits

Recently Xcel Energy has paid out, on average, around 63.48% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.34% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Xcel Energy shareholders could enjoy a 2.34% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Xcel Energy's case, that would currently equate to about $1.72 per share.

Xcel Energy's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Xcel Energy's most recent dividend payout was on 20 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 September 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Xcel Energy's shares ever split?

Xcel Energy's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 2 June 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Xcel Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Xcel Energy shares which in turn could have impacted Xcel Energy's share price.

Xcel Energy share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Xcel Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $46.58 up to $74.41. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Xcel Energy's is 0.2929. This would suggest that Xcel Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Xcel Energy overview

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. The company generates electricity through coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, oil, wood/refuse, and wind energy sources. It also purchases, transports, distributes, and sells natural gas to retail customers, as well as transports customer-owned natural gas. In addition, the company develops and leases natural gas pipelines, and storage and compression facilities; and invests in rental housing projects, as well as procures equipment for construction of renewable generation facilities. It serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. The company sells electricity to approximately 3.7 million customers; and natural gas to approximately 2.1 million customers. Xcel Energy Inc. was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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