Spire (SR) Receives a Sell from Morgan Stanley

By Ryan Adsit

In a report released today, Stephen Byrd from Morgan Stanley maintained a Sell rating on Spire (SRResearch Report), with a price target of $70.00. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $65.89.

According to TipRanks.com, Byrd is a 3-star analyst with an average return of 0.7% and a 54.2% success rate. Byrd covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Algonquin Power & Utilities, Public Service Enterprise, and American Electric Power.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Spire is a Hold with an average price target of $78.00, a 14.6% upside from current levels. In a report issued on May 11, Credit Suisse also maintained a Sell rating on the stock with a $71.00 price target.

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Spire’s market cap is currently $3.48B and has a P/E ratio of 23.20. The company has a Price to Book ratio of 2.79.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 29 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders buying their shares of SR in relation to earlier this year.

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Spire Inc. operates as a public utility holding company, which provides natural gas service through its utility operations while engaging in non-regulated activities. It operates through the following business segments: Gas Utility and Gas Marketing. The Gas Utility segment includes the regulated operations of Laclede Gas Company and Alabama Gas Corporation. The Gas Marketing segment includes Laclede Energy Resources, Inc. a subsidiary engaged in the marketing of natural gas and related activities on a non-regulated basis. The company also engages in other businesses, including the transportation of liquid propane, real estate development, the compression of natural gas, financial investments in other enterprises, propane sales transactions, propane storage, and related services, and merchandise sales business. Spire was founded on October 1, 2001 and is headquartered in St. Louis, MO.