NYSE:WR - Westar Energy Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $54.00 0.00 (0.00 %) (As of 08/17/2018 04:00 PM ET)Previous Close$54.00Today's Range$54.00 - $54.0052-Week Range$47.06 - $57.44VolumeN/AAverage Volume3.47 million shsMarket Capitalization$7.68 billionP/E Ratio23.79Dividend Yield2.96%Beta0.33 Company ProfileAnalyst RatingsChartDividend HistoryEarnings HistoryFinancialsInsider TradesHeadlinesOptions ChainSEC FilingsSocial Media Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on StocktwitsPrint this articleShare by Email Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. It has 6,602 megawatts of electric generation capacity, which generates electricity through coal, nuclear fuels, natural gas/diesel, and renewable sources. The company also owns approximately 6,400 miles of transmission lines, 24,200 miles of overhead distribution lines, and 5,100 miles of underground distribution lines. It retails electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as for lighting public streets and highways; and engages in the electricity wholesale to electric cooperatives, municipalities, other electric utilities, and regional transmission organizations. The company provides its services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson, as well as in south-central and southeastern Kansas, such as the city of Wichita. It serves approximately 708,000 customers. Westar Energy, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas. Receive WR News and Ratings via Email Sign-up to receive the latest news and ratings for WR and its competitors with MarketBeat's FREE daily newsletter. Industry, Sector and Symbol Stock Exchange NYSE Industry Electric & other services combined Sub-IndustryElectric Utilities SectorUtilities SymbolNYSE:WR CUSIP95709T10 Webwww.westarenergy.com Phone785-575-6300 Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.97 Current Ratio0.82 Quick Ratio0.48 Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio23.79 Forward P/E Ratio21.43 P/E Growth5.82 Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$2.57 billion Price / Sales2.99 Cash Flow$5.2275 per share Price / Cash10.33 Book Value$27.17 per share Price / Book1.99 Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$2.27 Net Income$323.92 million Net Margins12.50% Return on Equity8.40% Return on Assets2.80% Miscellaneous Employees2,205 Outstanding Shares142,230,000Market Cap$7.68 billion Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) Frequently Asked Questions What is Westar Energy's stock symbol? Westar Energy trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WR." How often does Westar Energy pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Westar Energy? Westar Energy announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, May 17th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 30th will be given a dividend of $0.40 per share on Wednesday, June 20th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.96%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 29th. View Westar Energy's Dividend History. How were Westar Energy's earnings last quarter? Westar Energy Inc (NYSE:WR) announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May, 9th. The utilities provider reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts' consensus estimates of $0.48 by $0.06. The utilities provider earned $600.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $567.39 million. Westar Energy had a return on equity of 8.40% and a net margin of 12.50%. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.52 earnings per share. View Westar Energy's Earnings History. What price target have analysts set for WR? 4 analysts have issued 12-month price objectives for Westar Energy's stock. Their predictions range from $55.00 to $57.00. On average, they anticipate Westar Energy's share price to reach $56.00 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 3.7% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Westar Energy. What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Westar Energy? 4 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Westar Energy in the last year. There are currently 1 hold rating and 3 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Westar Energy. Who are some of Westar Energy's key competitors? Some companies that are related to Westar Energy include Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG), Consolidated Edison (ED), PG&E (PCG), WEC Energy Group (WEC), E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) (EONGY), Ameren (AEE), CMS Energy (CMS), Alliant Energy (LNT), NiSource (NI), United Utilities Group (UUGRY), SCANA (SCG), ALLETE (ALE), Avista (AVA), NorthWestern (NWE) and Unitil (UTL). Who are Westar Energy's key executives? Westar Energy's management team includes the folowing people: Mr. Mark A. Ruelle, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 57)Mr. Anthony D. Somma, Exec. VP, Treasurer & CFO (Age 55)Mr. Larry D. Irick, VP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. (Age 62)Mr. Bruce A. Akin, Sr. VP of Power Delivery (Age 53)Mr. Gregory A. Greenwood, Sr. VP of Strategy (Age 53) Has Westar Energy been receiving favorable news coverage? News coverage about WR stock has trended positive this week, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Westar Energy earned a media and rumor sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern's scale. They also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.42 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the next few days. View Recent Headlines for Westar Energy. Who are Westar Energy's major shareholders? Westar Energy's stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. (0.00%) and Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. (0.00%). Company insiders that own Westar Energy stock include Anthony D Somma, Bruce A Akin, Greg A Greenwood, Jerl L Banning, Kevin L Kongs, Larry D Irick and Mark A Ruelle. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Westar Energy. Which institutional investors are buying Westar Energy stock? WR stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc. and Whittier Trust Co. of Nevada Inc.. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westar Energy. How do I buy shares of Westar Energy? Shares of WR can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab. What is Westar Energy's stock price today? One share of WR stock can currently be purchased for approximately $54.00. How big of a company is Westar Energy? Westar Energy has a market capitalization of $7.68 billion and generates $2.57 billion in revenue each year. The utilities provider earns $323.92 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.27 on an earnings per share basis. Westar Energy employs 2,205 workers across the globe. How can I contact Westar Energy? Westar Energy's mailing address is 818 SOUTH KANSAS AVENUE, TOPEKA KS, 66601. The utilities provider can be reached via phone at 785-575-6300 or via email at [email protected] MarketBeat Community Rating for Westar Energy (NYSE WR)Community Ranking: 2.1 out of 5 ( )Outperform Votes: 228 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 327 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 555MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Westar Energy and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe WR will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe WR will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. 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