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Barclays Downgrades American Electric Power (AEP)

Fintel reports that on February 28, 2024, Barclays downgraded their outlook for American Electric Power (NasdaqGS:AEP) from Overweight to Equal-Weight .

Analyst Price Forecast Suggests 4.99% Upside

As of February 24, 2024, the average one-year price target for American Electric Power is 88.26. The forecasts range from a low of 76.26 to a high of $103.95. The average price target represents an increase of 4.99% from its latest reported closing price of 84.07.

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The projected annual revenue for American Electric Power is 18,923MM, a decrease of 0.31%. The projected annual non-GAAP EPS is 5.69.

American Electric Power Declares $0.88 Dividend

On January 19, 2024 the company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.88 per share ($3.52 annualized). Shareholders of record as of February 9, 2024 will receive the payment on March 8, 2024. Previously, the company paid $0.88 per share.

At the current share price of $84.07 / share, the stock's dividend yield is 4.19%.

Looking back five years and taking a sample every week, the average dividend yield has been 3.48%, the lowest has been 2.69%, and the highest has been 4.69%. The standard deviation of yields is 0.42 (n=233).

The current dividend yield is 1.69 standard deviations above the historical average.

Additionally, the company's dividend payout ratio is 0.84. The payout ratio tells us how much of a company's income is paid out in dividends. A payout ratio of one (1.0) means 100% of the company's income is paid in a dividend. A payout ratio greater than one means the company is dipping into savings in order to maintain its dividend - not a healthy situation. Companies with few growth prospects are expected to pay out most of their income in dividends, which typically means a payout ratio between 0.5 and 1.0. Companies with good growth prospects are expected to retain some earnings in order to invest in those growth prospects, which translates to a payout ratio of zero to 0.5.

The company's 3-Year dividend growth rate is 0.19%, demonstrating that it has increased its dividend over time.

What is the Fund Sentiment?

There are 2166 funds or institutions reporting positions in American Electric Power. This is an increase of 73 owner(s) or 3.49% in the last quarter. Average portfolio weight of all funds dedicated to AEP is 0.33%, a decrease of 2.22%. Total shares owned by institutions increased in the last three months by 1.22% to 466,069K shares. AEP / American Electric Power Company, Inc. Put/Call Ratios The put/call ratio of AEP is 0.24, indicating a bullish outlook.

What are Other Shareholders Doing?

AEP / American Electric Power Company, Inc. Shares Held by Institutions

Wellington Management Group Llp holds 28,432K shares representing 5.41% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 28,592K shares, representing a decrease of 0.56%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in AEP by 88.19% over the last quarter.

VTSMX - Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund Investor Shares holds 16,031K shares representing 3.05% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 16,086K shares, representing a decrease of 0.34%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in AEP by 7.59% over the last quarter.

VFINX - Vanguard 500 Index Fund Investor Shares holds 12,380K shares representing 2.35% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 12,257K shares, representing an increase of 0.99%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in AEP by 7.62% over the last quarter.

Geode Capital Management holds 10,942K shares representing 2.08% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 10,572K shares, representing an increase of 3.38%. The firm decreased its portfolio allocation in AEP by 1.89% over the last quarter.

Invesco Qqq Trust, Series 1 holds 8,808K shares representing 1.67% ownership of the company. In it's prior filing, the firm reported owning 6,895K shares, representing an increase of 21.72%. The firm increased its portfolio allocation in AEP by 16.60% over the last quarter.

American Electric Power Background Information
(This description is provided by the company.)

American Electric Power , is a major investor-owned electric utility in the United States, delivering electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states.[citation needed] AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes 765 kilovolt ultra-high voltage transmission lines, more than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the transmission system that covers much of Texas.

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