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Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) VP G Joyce Rowland sold 3,720 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $101.48, for a total transaction of $377,505.60. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 117 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,873. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

SRE has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $107.00 price target on shares of Sempra Energy in a research note on Wednesday, July 9th. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock. Analysts at ISI Group upgraded shares of Sempra Energy from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, June 9th. They now have a $115.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $95.00. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Sempra Energy currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $101.84.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) traded down 0.05% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $100.89. The stock had a trading volume of 655,735 shares. Sempra Energy has a 1-year low of $81.77 and a 1-year high of $105.25. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $102.0 and a 200-day moving average of $97.71. The company has a market cap of $24.787 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.06.

Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 7th. The company reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.13 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $2.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.74 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.04 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Sempra Energy will post $4.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Sempra Energy is a holding company. During the year ended December 31, 2011, Sempra Energy’s business was organized in five segments consisting of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (NYSE:SRE), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Sempra Generation, Sempra Pipelines & Storage and Sempra LNG (liquefied natural gas).

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