Press coverage about American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Electric Power earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.4684397474977 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

AEP has been the subject of several analyst reports. Bank of America initiated coverage on American Electric Power in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $79.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine raised American Electric Power from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $78.00 price objective on shares of American Electric Power in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research raised American Electric Power from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $74.00 price objective on shares of American Electric Power in a research note on Monday, October 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $75.08.

Shares of American Electric Power (NYSE AEP) traded down $0.84 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $70.58. The stock had a trading volume of 4,323,184 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,608,483. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.43 and a current ratio of 0.56. American Electric Power has a 12-month low of $61.82 and a 12-month high of $78.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $34,720.00, a P/E ratio of 18.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.83 and a beta of 0.30.

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The utilities provider reported $1.10 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.16 by ($0.06). American Electric Power had a return on equity of 9.67% and a net margin of 12.21%. The business had revenue of $4.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.30 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 12.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that American Electric Power will post 3.61 EPS for the current year.

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American Electric Power Company Profile

American Electric Power Company, Inc (AEP) is a public utility holding company that owns, directly or indirectly, all of the outstanding common stock of its public utility subsidiaries and varying percentages of other subsidiaries. The service areas of the Company’s public utility subsidiaries cover the states of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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