NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI)’s Sales Growth of 4.5340% Is Turning Heads

Potential Investors often look for key drivers that can move a stock in a positive direction.  One of those is sales growth.  NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) of the Gas, Water & Multiutilities sector, witnessed sales growth of  4.5340% year over year. The firm has a traded value of 81942 and has its headquarters in United States of America.

Investors may be intent on creating unique strategies when approaching the equity markets. Individuals with longer-term mindsets may have completely different strategies than those who trade in the short-term. Whatever class they fall under, investors may have to decide how aggressive they want to be in order to capitalize on these strategies. Navigating the bull market may make things a bit easier for some and much harder for others. Many investors will set their sights on dips and corrections. This may prove to be a successful strategy, but this may also create many missed opportunities. Keeping track of key economic data along with market trends and earnings information typically seems to be a boon to any strategy. Highly active traders may keep close watch after the markets have a sleepy session or two. Investors staying the course might actually be relieved when activity cools a bit. 

So how has NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) performed in terms of returns?  The ROIC quality score stands at 4.393162 whilet he actual return on invested capital holds at  0.027601.  NiSource Inc.’s book to market ratio is at 0.495286 while the book to market mean difference is -0.28009. This indicator tells you how a company is currently valued in terms of Book to Market compared to its average Book to Market over the past 10 years. It’s important to note that BM is the inverse of the Price to book ratio. Thus a high BM ratio means a company is undervalued.

In glancing at some key ratios we note that the Piotroski F-Score is at 3 (1 to 10 scale) and the ERP5 rank is at 11341. The Q.I. Value of NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) currently reads 55 on the Quant scale. The Free Cash Flow score of 0.918959 is also swinging some momentum at investors. The United States of America based firm is currently valued at 81942.

Some other notable ratios include the Accrual Ratio of 0.053195, the Altman Z score of 0.87966, a Montier C-Score of 3 and a Value Composite rank of 49.

Debt

In looking at some Debt ratios, NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) currently has a debt to equity ratio of 1.87061 and a Free Cash Flow to Debt ratio of -0.072675. This ratio gives insight as to how high the firm’s total debt is compared to its free cash flow generated. In terms of Net Debt to EBIT, that ratio stands at 18.12419. This ratio reveals how easily a firm is able to pay interest and capital on its net outstanding debt. The lower the ratio the better as that indicates that the company is able to meet its interest and capital payments. Lastly we’ll take note of the Net Debt to Market Value ratio. NiSource Inc.’s ND to MV current stands at 0.922064. This ratio is calculated as follows: Net debt (Total debt minus Cash ) / Market value of the company.

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NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) are showing an adjusted slope average of the past 125 and 250 days of 2.74534.  The Adjusted Slope 125/250d indicator is equal to the average annualized exponential regression slope, over the past 125 and 250 trading days, multiplied by the coefficient of determination (R2).  The purpose of this calculation is to provide a longer term average adjusted slope value that levels out large share price movements by using the average. This indicator is useful in helping find stocks that have been on a smooth upward trend over the past 6 months to a year.

Drilling down into some additional key near-term indicators we note that the Capex to PPE ratio stands at 0.117039 for NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI).  The Capex to PPE ratio shows you how capital intensive a company is. Stocks with an increasing (year over year) ratio may be moving to be more capital intensive and often underperform the market. Higher Capex also often means lower Free Cash Flow (Operating cash flow – Capex) generation and lower dividends as companies don’t have the cash to pay dividends if they are investing more in the business.

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