The Vanguard Group, Inc. has recently announced that it has increased stake in American Electric Power Company Inc. (NASDAQ:AEP) by 1.55%. After grabbing 45.24 million shares, the institutional investor is now in possession of 0.69 million shares of the Utilities Company. The new investment brought the stake of investor firm to 8.80% having worth around $3.98 billion. Moreover, BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its share by 0.4 million to have a control over 30.09 million shares. And Wellington Management Co. LLP raised its holdings to 56986.0 shares by acquiring 19.16 million shares or 3.73% of the stake.
American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) concluded trading on 11/23/22 at a closing price of $95.13, with 3.32 million shares of worth about $316.12 million changed hands on the day. Half year performance of the stock remained negative as price took a plunge of -7.17% during that period and on Wednesday the price saw a gain of about 1.52%. Currently the company’s common shares owned by public are about 513.73M shares, out of which, 513.70M shares are available for trading.
A deeper look into what the analysts at Wall Street are thinking about the price target of this stock provides us with the following: 19 analysts are covering the AEP stock and their offered price forecasts bring an average price target of $98.07. Over the next 12 months, analysts forecasted that the stock’s price could jump as high as $109.00 and could fall to a lowest price of $80.00. The stock’s current price level is 4.21% above of average price target set by the analysts, while a rise to estimated low would result in loss of -18.91% for the stock. However, touching the estimated high of $109.00 would mean a gain of 12.72% for the stock.
According to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), insiders took part in trade of the company’s stock for 87 times over the past 12 months. They bought 240,199 shares in 19 of the transactions. In 68 selling transactions, insiders dumped 172,495 shares.
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, Vanguard 500 Index Fund, and SPDR Series – Utilities Select Se are the top 3 mutual funds which are holding stakes in American Electric Power Company Inc. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is currently holding 15.42 million shares of worth totaling $1.36 billion. The company recently came buying 81116.0 shares which brought its stake up to 3.00% of the company’s outstanding shares. Vanguard 500 Index Fund bought 0.11 million shares, after which its hold over company’s outstanding shares expand to 2.29%, leaving 11.75 million shares with the mutual fund that have a worth of about $1.03 billion. SPDR Series – Utilities Select Se, after selling 8.12 million shares, have now control over 1.58% of the stake in the company. It holds 49840.0 shares of worth $713.65 million.
However, the stock later moved at a day high price of 95.21, or with a gain of 1.52%. Stock saw a price change of 6.01% in past 5 days and over the past one month there was a price change of 8.82%. Year-to-date (YTD), AEP shares are showing a performance of 6.92% which increased to 12.83% when we look at its performance for past 12 months. Over the period of past 52 weeks, stock dropped to lowest price of $80.22 but also hit the highest price of $105.60 during that period. The average intraday trading volume for American Electric Power Company Inc. shares is 3.09 million. The stock is currently trading 6.37% above its 20-day simple moving average (SMA20), while that difference is up 5.70% for SMA50 and it goes to -0.57% lower than SMA200.
The Vanguard Group, Inc. acquired 45.24 million shares of American Electric Power Company Inc. having value of about $3.98 billion. Data submitted at the U.S SEC by The Vanguard Group, Inc. revealed that the firm now holds 0.69 million shares in the company valued at close to $65537054.73, or have control over 1.55% stake in the company. American Electric Power Company Inc. (NASDAQ: AEP) currently have 513.73M outstanding shares and institutions hold larger chunk of about 75.90% of that. Holding of mutual funds in the company is about 30.30% while other institutional holders and individual stake holders have control over 45.34% and 0.20% of the stake respectively.
The stock has a current market capitalization of $47.70B and its 3Y-monthly beta is at 0.40. PE ratio of stock for trailing 12 months is 19.73, while it has posted earnings per share of $4.82 in the same period. Its PEG reads 3.19 and has Quick Ratio of 0.70 while making debt-to-equity ratio of 1.55. Volatility of a stock is a metric used to know how much the price of that stock is under influence and for AEP, volatility over the week remained 1.83% while standing at 2.30% over the month.
Analysts are in expectations that American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP) stock would likely to be making an EPS of $1 in the current quarter, while forecast for next quarter EPS is $1.41 and it is $5.29 for next year. For the current quarter EPS, analysts have given the company a lowest target $0.85 which is $1.06 at the higher side of the target for the same. When we compare those targets with actual EPS, we find that company posted an EPS of $0.98 in the same quarter a year ago. Stock’s fiscal year EPS is expected to rise by 14.60% while it is estimated to increase by 5.69% in next year. EPS is likely to shrink at an annualized rate of 6.18% for next 5-years, compared to annual growth of 31.80% made by the stock over the past 5-years.
Analysts at 19 brokerage firms have issued recommendations for the American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP)’s stock and average of those rates the stock at a “Moderate Buy” and assign it a score of 2.20. Out of those 19 Wall Street analysts, 12 recommended a “Buy” rating, while 6 were in favor recommending the stock as a “Hold” and 1 analyst recommended the stock as “Sell”.
Digging deeper we find that several firms have released their research notes about the support levels of the stock. Most recent of them is a note released by Credit Suisse on April 26, 2022 offering an Outperform rating for the stock and assigned a target price of $113 to it. Stock get a Buy rating from Edward Jones on March 11, 2021.