why NiSource Inc. [NI] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $25.73

NiSource Inc. [NYSE: NI] slipped around -0.56 points on Friday, while shares priced at $23.80 at the close of the session, down -2.30%. The company report on March 23, 2021 that NIPSCO, EDP Renewables to Bring Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and Indiana Crossroads Solar Park to Northwest Indiana.

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EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), and Northern Indiana Public Service Company, LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), have executed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and a Build & Transfer Agreement (BTA) for two renewable energy projects in Indiana. The PPA will enable the construction of the 204 megawatt (MW) Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm in White County (this PPA is included in the announcement EDPR issued on March 1, 2021). NIPSCO has purchased the full capacity of power at the project, which is expected to become operational in 2023. The BTA will allow for the construction of the 200 MW Indiana Crossroads Solar Park in White County, which is anticipated to become operational in 2022. NIPSCO will enter into a joint venture once construction is complete.

NiSource Inc. stock is now 3.75% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. NI Stock saw the intraday high of $24.37 and lowest of $23.55 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 27.24, which means current price is +12.85% above from all time high which was touched on 03/25/21.

Compared to the average trading volume of 3.78M shares, NI reached a trading volume of 4605558 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about NiSource Inc. [NI]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for NI shares is $25.73 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on NI stock is a recommendation set at 1.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

UBS have made an estimate for NiSource Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on March 22, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman dropped their target price from $27 to $25. The new note on the price target was released on January 29, 2021, representing the official price target for NiSource Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $25 to $29, while Barclays kept a Overweight rating on NI stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for NiSource Inc. is set at 0.60, with the Price to Sales ratio for NI stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.04. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.89, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.29. Price to Free Cash Flow for NI in the course of the last twelve months was 14.82 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.

How has NI stock performed recently?

NiSource Inc. [NI] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 0.46. With this latest performance, NI shares gained by 7.64% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 9.93% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -3.05% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for NI stock in for the last two-week period is set at 61.96, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 62.77, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.64 for NiSource Inc. [NI]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 22.50, while it was recorded at 23.80 for the last single week of trading, and 23.04 for the last 200 days.

NiSource Inc. [NI]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and NiSource Inc. [NI] shares currently have an operating margin of +20.54 and a Gross Margin at +60.80. NiSource Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -0.38.

Return on Total Capital for NI is now 6.14, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -0.12. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -0.30, with Return on Assets sitting at -0.07. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, NiSource Inc. [NI] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 170.13. Additionally, NI Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 62.98, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 42.11. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 189.85, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 59.53.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, NiSource Inc. [NI] managed to generate an average of -$2,382 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.41 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.20.NiSource Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.70.

Earnings analysis for NiSource Inc. [NI]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, NiSource Inc. posted 0.76/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.8/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -5.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for NI. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for NiSource Inc. go to 4.37%.

Insider trade positions for NiSource Inc. [NI]

There are presently around $8,615 million, or 94.50% of NI stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of NI stocks are: PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/ with ownership of 60,249,172, which is approximately -9.038% of the company’s market cap and around 0.40% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 43,494,108 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.04 billion in NI stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $996.73 million in NI stock with ownership of nearly 12.107% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in NiSource Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 216 institutional holders increased their position in NiSource Inc. [NYSE:NI] by around 35,953,805 shares. Additionally, 227 investors decreased positions by around 33,585,998 shares, while 86 investors held positions by with 292,450,431 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 361,990,234 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. NI stock had 77 new institutional investments in for a total of 9,010,012 shares, while 55 institutional investors sold positions of 8,985,876 shares during the same period.

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