Avista Co. (NYSE:AVA – Get Free Report) Chairman Scott L. Morris bought 3,100 shares of Avista stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 24th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $32.39 per share, for a total transaction of $100,409.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chairman now directly owns 128,169 shares in the company, valued at $4,151,393.91. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.
Avista Stock Up 2.8 %
Avista stock opened at $33.33 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.08. Avista Co. has a 12-month low of $32.27 and a 12-month high of $45.28. The firm’s fifty day moving average is $37.55 and its 200 day moving average is $40.54. The company has a market capitalization of $2.55 billion, a PE ratio of 17.27, a PEG ratio of 2.27 and a beta of 0.49.
Avista (NYSE:AVA – Get Free Report) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by $0.08. Avista had a net margin of 8.38% and a return on equity of 6.18%. The company had revenue of $379.94 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $398.20 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.16 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Avista Co. will post 2.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.
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Institutional Inflows and Outflows
Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Delta Asset Management LLC TN acquired a new position in shares of Avista during the 4th quarter valued at $27,000. Bessemer Group Inc. raised its holdings in Avista by 146.9% during the first quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 632 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $27,000 after buying an additional 376 shares during the last quarter. EverSource Wealth Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Avista by 156.1% during the first quarter. EverSource Wealth Advisors LLC now owns 950 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $40,000 after buying an additional 579 shares during the last quarter. Cutler Group LLC CA acquired a new position in Avista during the first quarter worth $42,000. Finally, Benjamin Edwards Inc. raised its holdings in Avista by 146.4% during the first quarter. Benjamin Edwards Inc. now owns 1,104 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $47,000 after buying an additional 656 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.15% of the company’s stock.
Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth
A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the stock. StockNews.com assumed coverage on shares of Avista in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. KeyCorp raised shares of Avista from an “underweight” rating to a “sector weight” rating in a research note on Friday. Guggenheim reduced their price objective on shares of Avista from $35.00 to $33.00 in a research note on Friday, July 7th. Finally, Mizuho reduced their price objective on shares of Avista from $38.00 to $36.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th.
Avista Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an electric and natural gas utility company. It operates in two segments, Avista Utilities and AEL&P. The Avista Utilities segment provides electric distribution and transmission, and natural gas distribution services in parts of eastern Washington and northern Idaho; and natural gas distribution services in parts of northeastern and southwestern Oregon, as well as generates electricity in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana.
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