Take A Look At Insider Trading For American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP)

The stock of American Electric Power Company Inc. (NASDAQ:AEP) increased by increased by $0.38 on Friday to finish at $85.58, up 0.45 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 2,012,780 shares of common stock traded. 18 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a gain of $2.31. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 2,435,285, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 2,555,400.

AEP stock appreciated 3.97% since last month. On 10/01/21, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $80.88. The stock touched a high of $94.21 on 08/20/21, after rallying from a low of $74.80 in 52 weeks. The price of AEP stock has risen by 2.77% or $2.31 this year, reaching a new high 18 times. Still, the stock price is down -9.16% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

There have been 24 days since American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) last reported insider trading activity on Oct 01. On Oct 01, President and CEO Akins Nicholas K sold 2,100 shares at $81.79 each. This transaction resulted in the insider making $171,759. On Sep 01, Akins Nicholas K sold 2,100 shares at a price of US$89.76. After the transaction, the insider now owns 98,672 shares. President and CEO Akins Nicholas K had earlier sold 2,100 shares on Aug 02 for $88.25 a share. The transaction was completed for $185,325.

Valuation Metrics

American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 18.64. This level actually compares favorably with the industry at large, as the PE for the Utilities – Regulated Electric industry stands at about 22.47. Further, its PE also compares favorably with the Utilities sector’s trailing 12 months PE ratio, which comes in at 23.78 right now. The PE ratio of American Electric Power Company Inc. has varied between 64.27 and 16.38 in the last five years. Beta for the stock is 0.32. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.70, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 2.00, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 27.17.

American Electric Power Company Inc.’s dividend is $2.96 per share per year. With a dividend yield of 3.46%, AEP has a payout ratio of 62.10%. Company paid $0.78 per share in dividends, an increase of 5.41% from $0.74 last year. A $0.04 dividend increase was reported on Tuesday October 19 2021. Over the last three years, dividends have increased by -12.13%.

For the three months ended June 29, American Electric Power Company Inc.’s quick ratio was 0.30, while its current ratio was 0.40, indicating its inability to pay off its debt. The company’s long-term debt to equity ratio for the quarter ending June 29 is 1.43, and the total debt to equity ratio is 1.69. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 73.30% percent. American Electric Power Company Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ended June 29 was 39.49%, whereas its operating margin stood at 19.90% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $2.99 billion and revenue of $14.92 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. AEP’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 2.90%. There was a 5.30% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 11.20%. ROE has averaged 9.87 in the past year for the broader industry.

Earnings Surprise

According to American Electric Power Company Inc.’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended June 29, it had $30.66 billion in total debt versus $221.7 million in cash and short-term investments. A lower net income was reported in the quarter under review than the previous quarter. Net income for the quarter came in at $3.83 billion, while revenues rose by 8.69% to $4.28 billion. It was predicted that American Electric Power Company Inc.’s quarterly earnings would be $1.18, but it ended up being $1.14, beating the consensus by 3.50%. EBITDA was $1.6 billion for the quarter. At the end of American Electric Power Company Inc.’s most recent quarter ended June 29, its liabilities totaled 62.73 billion, while its total debt was $37.06 billion. Equity owned by shareholders amounts to $500.25 million.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at American Electric Power Company Inc.’s (AEP) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 22 October, the RSI 9-day stood at 65.06%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with a 17.89% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 93.64% and 82.33% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 1.13. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 93.37%, the RSI (14) reading is 57.35%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at 1.22, and the 14-day reading is at 1.38.

Analyst Ratings

In its most recent analyst report, BofA Securities raised its rating on American Electric Power Company Inc. (NASDAQ: AEP) to a Buy. Prior to this, analysts firm rated the stock as a Neutral. Analysts have assigned American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) an Overweight rating. AEP is a stock that is recommended for selling by 1 brokerage firm, while 5 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 0 analysts. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 2 rates it overweight and 10 others recommend it as a buy.

What is AEP’s price target for the next 12 months?

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $83.00 and $112.00, with a median target price of $98.00. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) is $97.69.


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