Currently, Xcel Energy (XEL) stock is trading at a forward PE ratio of 19x based on the estimated EPS in 2019. Utilities at large are trading at an average forward PE ratio of 18.5x. Xcel Energy’s five-year historical average PE ratio is ~18x. Xcel Energy looks a little expensive considering its historical valuation and peer’s average valuation. According to analysts’ estimates, Xcel Energy is expecting earnings growth of 5.5% in 2019. Xcel Energy stock appears to be trading at a premium given its relatively slower growth and its next 12-month PE ratio.