In the most recent trading session, American Electric Power Company, Inc. (NYSE:AEP) shares saw a move of -0.45% . Covering Wall Street analysts have a consensus target price of $72.25 on the stock.
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Analysts and investors may use different metrics in order to calculate a price target projection. A very common metric used is the price to earnins ratio of a company. This calculation comes from dividing the current share price by the projected earnings per share. At the time of writing, American Electric Power Company has a P/E Ratio of 61.00. Investors may also examine a company’s PEG or price to earnings growth ratio. The PEG ratio represents the ratio of the price to earnings to the anticipated future growth rate of the company. A company with a PEG Ratio below one may be seen as undervalued while a PEG Ratio above one may signal that the company is overvalued. A PEG Ratio close to one may be considered to be fair value. Currently, the stock has a PEG Ratio of 8.14.
Let’s take a quick look at stock performance. Shares are currently trading $0.78 away from the 50-day moving average of $70.10 and $3.15 away from the 200-day moving average of $67.73. Shares are currently trading -2.86% away from the 52-week high price of 72.97 and +22.44% off the 52-week low of 57.89. Keeping an eye on the stock price relative to moving averages and yearly highs/lows may help evaluate future stock value.