AEP stock: buy or sell?

AEP stock price: $94.14 1.23% At close on October 18th, 2019

Updated on:
October 18th, 2019

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American Electric Power shares stepped up 1.23% to $94.14 on Oct 18th. With Oct 18th, it's been 3 green days in a row, soaring $2.40 or 2.61%.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., an electric public utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for sale to retail and wholesale customers in the United States.

Should I buy AEP stock?

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None of our preferred buy setups matches with American Electric Power stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean AEP will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is American Electric Power stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we gathered 15 ratings published for AEP stock in the last 30 days.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for AEP stock, with 8 positive ratings.
Is AEP a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-9-25Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-9-20UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-9-20UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-8-16Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-8-12SunTrust Banksn/aBuy
2019-7-9Bank of AmericaBuyBuy
2019-7-12UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-6-14Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-6-14Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-5-9UBS GroupBuyBuy
2019-5-16Morgan Stanleyn/aEqual Weight
2019-4-8Goldman Sachs GroupBuyNeutral
2019-4-26Wells Fargo & CoOutperformOutperform
2019-4-18Morgan StanleyOverweightEqual Weight
2019-3-12JPMorgan Chase & Co.NeutralOverweight

AEP stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of American Electric Power stepped up a good 1.23% and closed at $94.14.

American Electric Power shares stepped up 1.23% to $94.14 on October/18. For the last 4 days when AEP stock price broke up the SMA50d line, it gained $2.40 (2.62%). On September 24th, AEP hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on September 23rd tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

AEP stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

American Electric Power shares stepped up 1.95% this week, ending at $94.14.

American Electric Power stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last price record American Electric Power marked late September. Early January AEP price bounced up over the SMA of 20 weeks that acted as support stopping new slides.

AEP stock chart (weekly)

AEP stock price history

AEP stock historical price chart

AEP stock reached all-time highs on Sep 24th with a price of $94.89.

AEP stock price target is $94.80

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we found 13 price targets for American Electric Power stock:
AEP stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-9-25Morgan StanleyRaises Target$91.00$97.006.6%
2019-9-20UBS GroupReiterates$100.00$105.005%
2019-9-20UBS GroupRaises Target$100.00$105.005%
2019-8-16Morgan StanleyLowers Target$93.00$91.00-2.2%
2019-8-12SunTrust BanksRaises Target$98.00$99.001%
2019-7-9Bank of AmericaReiterates$93.00$98.005.4%
2019-7-12UBS GroupRaises Target$94.00$100.006.4%
2019-6-14Morgan StanleyReiterates$88.00$92.004.5%
2019-6-14Morgan StanleyRaises Target$88.00$92.004.5%
2019-5-9UBS GroupRaises Target$89.00$94.005.6%
2019-5-16Morgan StanleyRaises Target$87.00$88.001.1%
2019-4-8Goldman Sachs GroupDowngradesn/a$78.00-
2019-4-26Wells Fargo & CoRaises Target$89.00$93.004.5%
(in average)$92.50$94.802.0%
The price forecast for American Electric Power stock is $94.80, moving in a range between $105.00 and $78.00.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on April, American Electric Power . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will extend this report.
AEP earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.76n/a
2017-Q32017-10-261.161.1-5.2%
2017-Q42018-01-250.790.857.6%
2018-Q12018-04-260.990.96-3.0%
2018-Q22018-07-250.881.0114.8%
2018-Q32018-10-251.231.251.6%
2018-Q42019-01-240.720.720.0%
2019-Q12019-04-241.04n/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a nice gain of 5.00% to $16,195.70 M USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, by contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) remained steady a -0.52% to 11.88%.

American Electric Power presents anual results in December, and to evaluate its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, American Electric Power TTM sales up to March 2019 were $16,204.20 and earnings $2,042.20 M dollars. When comparing this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem American Electric Power business evolution since December 2018: Annual turnover up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, remained stable a tight 0.05%. Aligned with this, profit margin (net income/sales) stayed stable at 11.88%.

AEP annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$15,290 M-$1,480 M9.7%-
2014$17,020 M11.31%$1,634 M9.6%10.41%
2015$16,453 M-3.33%$2,047 M12.4%25.28%
2016$16,380 M-0.44%$611 M3.7%-70.16%
2017$15,425 M-5.83%$1,913 M12.4%213.08%
2018$16,196 M5.00%$1,924 M11.9%0.59%
TTM $16,204 M0.05%$2,042 M12.6%6.15%

Quarterly financial results

American Electric Power posted $4,056.80 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a 6.73% improvement compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $572.80 M with a profit margin of 14.12%. Profit margin grew a 4.56% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 9.56%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, American Electric Power sales marked a neutral movement and stayed stable a 0.21%.
AEP quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$3,570 M-$375 M10.5%-
2017-Q3$4,090 M14.57%$545 M13.3%45.25%
2017-Q4$3,810 M-6.84%$401 M10.5%-26.44%
2018-Q1$4,048 M6.24%$454 M11.2%13.40%
2018-Q2$4,013 M-0.87%$528 M13.2%16.29%
2018-Q3$4,333 M7.97%$578 M13.3%9.31%
2018-Q4$3,801 M-12.28%$363 M9.6%-37.08%
2019-Q1$4,057 M6.73%$573 M14.1%57.62%

American Electric Power ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a company, it's always worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For American Electric Power, 0.02% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of American Electric Power stock, 75.76% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for AEP stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

AEPAESDDUKETR
Market cap$46.5 B$10.9 B$66.0 B$69.5 B$23.5 B
Total shares493.8 M663.9 M803.4 M728.6 M198.8 M
Float shares493.2 M661.1 M800.7 M727.6 M198.1 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)75.8%97.4%60.2%61.7%91.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.0%0.4%0.3%0.1%0.3%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

AEP summary

Friday, October 18th, 2019
Open$92.80
Close$94.14
Day range$92.67 - $94.28
Previous close$93.00
Session gain1.23%
Average true range$1.11
50d mov avg$91.99
100d mov avg$90.39
200d mov avg$85.42
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

American Electric Power performance

To better understand American Electric Power performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. We picked The AES, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Entergy, Exelon, NRG Energy, PPL, Southern and Xcel Energy as the bechmarking frame for American Electric Power stock.
Stock3m6m12m
AEPAmerican Electric...5.06%15.18%32.82%
AESThe AES-4.10%-6.08%13.04%
DDominion Energy8.16%12.27%17.17%
DUKDuke Energy8.96%9.28%20.25%
ETREntergy12.85%28.72%46.01%
EXCExelon-5.34%-8.18%4.34%
NRGNRG Energy14.35%-1.91%9.40%
PPL 7.66%6.27%8.25%
SOSouthern11.81%20.33%42.25%
XELXcel Energy6.01%18.62%34.00%

American Electric Power competitors

We chose a few stocks to conform a list of American Electric Power competitors to watch if you are interested in investing in AEP:

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