Sempra Energy ( SRE ) will begin trading ex-dividend on December 18, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.66 per share is scheduled to be paid on January 15, 2015. Shareholders who purchased SRE stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 4th quarter that SRE has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $105.24, the dividend yield is 2.51%.
The previous trading day's last sale of SRE was $105.24, representing a -8.09% decrease from the 52 week high of $114.50 and a 22.37% increase over the 52 week low of $86.
SRE is a part of the Public Utilities sector, which includes companies such as Kinder Morgan, Inc. ( KMI ) and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. ( EPD ). SRE's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $4.59. Zacks Investment Research reports SRE's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as 7.46%, compared to an industry average of 3.5%.
Interested in gaining exposure to SRE through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have SRE as a top-10 holding:
- PowerShares DWA Utilities Momentum Portfolio ( PUI )
- Select Sector SPDR Fund - Utilities ( XLU )
- iShares Dow Jones U.S. Utilities Index Fund ( IDU )
- Vanguard Utilities ETF ( VPU )
- iShares Russell MidCap Value Index Fund ( IWS ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is XLU with an increase of 7.16% over the last 100 days. PUI has the highest percent weighting of SRE at 5.13%.
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