Vistra Corp. (NYSE:VST) Director Scott B. Helm Purchases 10,000 Shares

Vistra Corp. (NYSE:VSTGet Rating) Director Scott B. Helm acquired 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 9th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $26.28 per share, for a total transaction of $262,800.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 343,201 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,019,322.28. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Vistra Stock Performance

NYSE VST opened at $24.34 on Tuesday. The company has a fifty day moving average price of $22.84 and a 200-day moving average price of $23.27. The firm has a market cap of $9.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -7.71 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.09, a current ratio of 1.08 and a quick ratio of 1.02. Vistra Corp. has a 1 year low of $20.76 and a 1 year high of $27.39.

Vistra Increases Dividend

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 31st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 22nd will be given a $0.198 dividend. This represents a $0.79 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.25%. This is an increase from Vistra’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, March 21st. Vistra’s dividend payout ratio is presently -24.61%.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on VST shares. TheStreet lowered shares of Vistra from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 1st. Morgan Stanley lowered their price objective on Vistra from $31.00 to $30.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets raised their target price on Vistra from $32.00 to $35.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 7th.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On Vistra

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VST. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Vistra by 2.2% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 47,604,079 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,106,795,000 after acquiring an additional 1,023,500 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its position in Vistra by 24.2% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 29,685,750 shares of the company’s stock worth $678,320,000 after purchasing an additional 5,786,238 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in Vistra by 2.3% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 23,939,759 shares of the company’s stock valued at $556,597,000 after purchasing an additional 534,299 shares during the period. Laurion Capital Management LP increased its position in shares of Vistra by 10.5% during the 3rd quarter. Laurion Capital Management LP now owns 10,608,579 shares of the company’s stock valued at $222,780,000 after purchasing an additional 1,010,267 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in shares of Vistra by 2.3% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 7,498,474 shares of the company’s stock worth $157,480,000 after purchasing an additional 171,575 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 92.47% of the company’s stock.

About Vistra

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Vistra Corp. is an energy company engaged in the provision of electricity and power generation. It operates through the following segments: Retail, Texas, East, West, Sunset and Asset Closure. The Retail segment sells electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The Texas and East segments engage in electricity generation, wholesale energy sales and purchases, commodity risk management activities, fuel production and fuel logistics management.

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