Avista (AVA) Given Daily News Impact Score of 0.16

News stories about Avista (NYSE:AVA) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Avista earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.9094560629697 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Avista (AVA) opened at $51.42 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92, a current ratio of 0.47 and a quick ratio of 0.37. The company has a market capitalization of $3,317.38, a PE ratio of 25.84 and a beta of 0.42. Avista has a 1 year low of $37.78 and a 1 year high of $52.83.

Avista (NYSE:AVA) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by ($0.01). Avista had a return on equity of 7.94% and a net margin of 8.86%. sell-side analysts expect that Avista will post 1.83 EPS for the current year.

AVA has been the subject of a number of research reports. ValuEngine cut Avista from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Avista in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Avista from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $47.75.

In other Avista news, VP James M. Kensok sold 4,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.01, for a total value of $244,447.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 12,787 shares in the company, valued at $665,051.87. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director R John Taylor sold 932 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.94, for a total value of $48,408.08. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 655 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $34,020.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 7,632 shares of company stock valued at $396,130. Company insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.

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About Avista

Avista Corporation is an electric and natural gas utility company. The Company operates through two segments: Avista Utilities, and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AEL&P). The Company’s regional services include government and higher education, medical services, retail trade and finance. The Company’s businesses also include sheet metal fabrication, venture fund investments, real estate investments, a company that explores markets that could be served with liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as certain other investments of Avista Capital, which is a subsidiary of the Company.

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