Avista (AVA) Given Daily News Impact Rating of 0.13

News stories about Avista (NYSE:AVA) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Avista earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.3079023360144 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Avista (NYSE AVA) traded up $0.03 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $51.56. The company had a trading volume of 191,407 shares, compared to its average volume of 442,951. The firm has a market cap of $3,320.00, a PE ratio of 25.91 and a beta of 0.42. The company has a current ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 0.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.92. Avista has a 1 year low of $37.78 and a 1 year high of $52.83.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, December 1st were given a $0.3575 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $1.43 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.77%. Avista’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 71.86%.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on AVA. ValuEngine cut Avista from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Avista in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Avista from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $47.75.

In other Avista news, Director R John Taylor sold 932 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.94, for a total transaction of $48,408.08. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 655 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $34,020.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP James M. Kensok sold 4,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.01, for a total value of $244,447.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 12,787 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $665,051.87. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders purchased 116,000 shares of company stock valued at $32,080 and sold 7,632 shares valued at $396,130. 1.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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Avista Company Profile

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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