Press coverage about American Equity Investment Life (NYSE:AEL) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Equity Investment Life earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4743190436692 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

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American Equity Investment Life (NYSE:AEL) opened at $30.97 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 0.12 and a current ratio of 0.12. American Equity Investment Life has a 52 week low of $22.23 and a 52 week high of $35.79. The company has a market capitalization of $2,695.51, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.96 and a beta of 2.47.

American Equity Investment Life (NYSE:AEL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $1.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $550.89 million. American Equity Investment Life had a return on equity of 10.65% and a net margin of 4.49%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 99.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.63 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that American Equity Investment Life will post 3.4 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on AEL. UBS Group began coverage on American Equity Investment Life in a report on Friday, March 2nd. They issued a “sell” rating and a $30.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine cut American Equity Investment Life from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price objective on American Equity Investment Life from $30.00 to $32.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 8th. B. Riley reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $26.00 price objective on shares of American Equity Investment Life in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Finally, SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price target on shares of American Equity Investment Life in a report on Friday, February 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $30.88.

In related news, Director Alexander Meeker Clark sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.75, for a total value of $81,875.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $196,500. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 4.05% of the company’s stock.

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About American Equity Investment Life

American Equity Investment Life Holding Company is engaged in the development and sale of fixed index and fixed rate annuity products. The Company issues fixed annuity and life insurance products through its life insurance subsidiaries, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company of New York and Eagle Life Insurance Company.

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