Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) and Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL) Comparison side by side – Port Courier

We will be comparing the differences between Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) and Xcel Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:XEL) as far as dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and valuation are concerned. The two businesses are rivals in the Electric Utilities industry.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Duke Energy Corporation 23.81B 2.70 2.90B 3.96 22.86
Xcel Energy Inc. 11.54B 2.39 1.26B 1.76 30.44

In table 1 we can see Duke Energy Corporation and Xcel Energy Inc.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation. Xcel Energy Inc. seems to has lower revenue and earnings compared to Duke Energy Corporation. The business that is more affordable between the two has a lower P/E ratio. Duke Energy Corporation has been trading at a lower P/E ratio than Xcel Energy Inc., which means that it is at the moment the more affordable of the two companies.


Table 2 has Duke Energy Corporation and Xcel Energy Inc.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Duke Energy Corporation 12.18% 6.9% 2.1%
Xcel Energy Inc. 10.92% 10.6% 2.8%

Volatility & Risk

Duke Energy Corporation is 105.00% less volatile than S&P 500 due to its -0.05 beta. Xcel Energy Inc.’s 0.02 beta is the reason why it is 98.00% less volatile than S&P 500.


Duke Energy Corporation has a Current Ratio of 0.7 and a Quick Ratio of 0.5. Competitively, Xcel Energy Inc.’s Current Ratio is 0.8 and has 0.6 Quick Ratio. Xcel Energy Inc.’s better ability to pay short and long-term obligations than Duke Energy Corporation.


Duke Energy Corporation pays out an annual dividend of $3.6 per share while its dividend yield is 3.98%. Meanwhile, Xcel Energy Inc.’s annual dividend is $1.52 per share and it also boasts of a 2.84% dividend yield.

Analyst Recommendations

The Ratings and Recommendations for Duke Energy Corporation and Xcel Energy Inc. are featured in the next table.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
Duke Energy Corporation 0 4 0 2.00
Xcel Energy Inc. 0 0 0 0.00

Duke Energy Corporation’s downside potential is -3.52% at a $87 consensus price target.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

Institutional investors held 61.3% of Duke Energy Corporation shares and 75.7% of Xcel Energy Inc. shares. 0.07% are Duke Energy Corporation’s share held by insiders. Competitively, 0.22% are Xcel Energy Inc.’s share held by insiders.


In this table we show the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Duke Energy Corporation 2.19% 6.86% 9.96% 25.5% 2.97% 7.61%
Xcel Energy Inc. 1.93% 8% 9.08% 26.89% 5.15% 11.12%

For the past year Duke Energy Corporation was less bullish than Xcel Energy Inc.


Duke Energy Corporation beats Xcel Energy Inc. on 11 of the 16 factors.

Duke Energy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure, Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, and Commercial Renewables. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure segment generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in the Carolinas, Florida, and the Midwest; uses coal, hydroelectric, natural gas, oil, renewable generation, and nuclear fuel to generate electricity; and engages in the wholesale of electricity to municipalities, electric cooperative utilities, and other load-serving entities. This segment serves approximately 7.5 million retail electric customers in 6 states in the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States covering a service territory of approximately 95,000 square miles; and owns approximately 49,300 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure segment distributes natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and power generation natural gas customers; and owns, operates, and invests in various pipeline transmission and natural gas storage facilities. It has approximately 1.5 million customers, including 1 million customers located in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and as well as 529,000 customers located in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. The Commercial Renewables segment acquires, builds, develops, and operates wind and solar renewable generation projects, including nonregulated renewable energy and energy storage services to utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. This segment has 21 wind farms and 63 commercial solar farms with a capacity of 2,900 MW across 14 states. The company was formerly known as Duke Energy Holding Corp. and changed its name to Duke Energy Corporation in April 2005. Duke Energy Corporation was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Xcel Energy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages primarily in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in the United States. It operates through Regulated Electric Utility, Regulated Natural Gas Utility, and All Other segments. The company generates electricity through coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, oil and refuse, and wind energy sources. It also purchases, transports, distributes, and sells natural gas. In addition, the company develops and leases natural gas pipelines, and storage and compression facilities; and invests in rental housing projects, as well as procures equipment for construction of renewable generation facilities. It serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Xcel Energy Inc. was founded in 1909 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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