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Investor Confidence is Falling for CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNP)

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CenterPoint Energy Inc. (CNP) shares are trading at lower $19.82 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy. while the current analyst price target stands at $20.67.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $30.71 and the low is $11.58. Over the last 52 weeks, CNP is down -35.46% while the S&P 500 is up 0.31%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, CNP reported a profit of $235.0 million. CenterPoint Energy Inc. also saw revenues increase to $1.57 billion. In addition, CNP has free cash flow of -$97.0 million as of 06-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $540.0 million which compares well with its peers.

CNP booked profit margins of -8.20%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is -14.10%, and its Return on Assets is -2.40%. All told, it is clear that, CNP needs to be on your watchlist.

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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. CNP has a short ratio of 2.20 and outstanding shares of 544.82M.

Company Outlook

CNP has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at -1.26. CenterPoint Energy Inc. CNP also noted assets of $32.15 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as CNP has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, CenterPoint Energy Inc. CNP has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, CNP represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.

CenterPoint Energy Inc. CNP is now commanding a market cap of 10.90B and a float of 543.26M. CNP is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of CNP stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in CNP, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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