News stories about Avista Corporation (NYSE:AVA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 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. Avista Corporation earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.5939337769669 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Avista Corporation (NYSE:AVA) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.34 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $314.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $326.33 million. Avista Corporation had a return on equity of 7.94% and a net margin of 8.86%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.43 earnings per share.

Several brokerages recently commented on AVA. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on shares of Avista Corporation in a research report on Friday, July 21st. BidaskClub raised shares of Avista Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Avista Corporation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 16th. Williams Capital downgraded shares of Avista Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $38.00 to $42.00 in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Avista Corporation in a research report on Friday, October 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $47.75.

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About Avista Corporation

Avista Corporation is an electric and natural gas utility company. The Company operates through two segments: Avista Utilities, and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AEL&P). The Company’s regional services include government and higher education, medical services, retail trade and finance. The Company’s businesses also include sheet metal fabrication, venture fund investments, real estate investments, a company that explores markets that could be served with liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as certain other investments of Avista Capital, which is a subsidiary of the Company.

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