American Electric Power (AEP) Received its Third Buy in a Row

By Jason Carr

After RBC Capital and Morgan Stanley gave American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) a Buy rating last month, the company received another Buy, this time from Barclays. Analyst Eric Beaumont maintained a Buy rating on American Electric Power today and set a price target of $82.00. The company’s shares closed last Monday at $80.37.

According to TipRanks.com, Beaumont is a 3-star analyst with an average return of 1.0% and a 47.5% success rate. Beaumont covers the Utilities sector, focusing on stocks such as Brookfield Infrastructure, Public Service Enterprise, and Pinnacle West Capital.

Currently, the analyst consensus on American Electric Power is a Moderate Buy with an average price target of $100.78, implying a 37.2% upside from current levels. In a report issued on March 12, Morgan Stanley also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $103.00 price target.

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American Electric Power’s market cap is currently $36.27B and has a P/E ratio of 18.60. The company has a Price to Book ratio of 1.82.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 70 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of AEP in relation to earlier this year.

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American Electric Power Co., Inc. is a public utility holding company that engages in the business of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. It operates through the following segments: Vertically Integrated Utilities, Transmission & Distribution Utilities, AEP Transmission Holdco and Generation & Marketing. The Vertically Integrated Utilities segment engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by its subsidiaries. The Transmission & Distribution Utilities segment engages in the business of transmission and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers through assets owned and operated by its subsidiaries. The AEP Transmission Holdco segment engages in the development, construction and operation of transmission facilities through investments in its wholly-owned transmission subsidiaries and joint ventures. The Generation & Marketing segment engages in non-regulated generation and marketing, risk management, and retail activities. The company was founded on December 20, 1906 and is headquartered in Columbus, OH.