Press coverage about Avista (NYSE:AVA) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Avista earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0216541693661 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Avista (NYSE:AVA) traded up $0.06 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $51.48. The company had a trading volume of 1,028,669 shares, compared to its average volume of 419,093. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a quick ratio of 0.37 and a current ratio of 0.47. The company has a market capitalization of $3,312.23, a P/E ratio of 24.96 and a beta of 0.42. Avista has a fifty-two week low of $37.78 and a fifty-two week high of $52.83.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.3575 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.43 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.78%. Avista’s payout ratio is presently 71.86%.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on AVA. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Avista in a report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Avista from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. Avista has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $47.75.

In other Avista news, VP Kevin J. Christie sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.81, for a total value of $25,905.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,992 shares in the company, valued at $103,205.52. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Jason R. Thackston sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.58, for a total value of $77,370.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 22,974 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,184,998.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders acquired 173,000 shares of company stock valued at $47,980 and sold 7,632 shares valued at $396,130. 1.10% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Avista Company Profile

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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