News coverage about American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Electric Power earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6647309944953 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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American Electric Power (AEP) opened at $66.04 on Wednesday. The company has a current ratio of 0.51, a quick ratio of 0.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.06. American Electric Power has a twelve month low of $63.32 and a twelve month high of $78.07. The firm has a market cap of $32,408.41, a PE ratio of 17.06, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.15 and a beta of 0.22.

American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The utilities provider reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.81 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $3.80 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.92 billion. American Electric Power had a net margin of 12.39% and a return on equity of 10.05%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.67 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that American Electric Power will post 3.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th were issued a dividend of $0.62 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $2.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.76%. American Electric Power’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.08%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of American Electric Power from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of American Electric Power from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $83.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of American Electric Power from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Guggenheim downgraded shares of American Electric Power from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Finally, SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $78.00 price target on shares of American Electric Power in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $74.36.

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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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