Avista Corporation [NYSE: AVA] loss -0.96% or -0.46 points to close at $47.24 with a heavy trading volume of 2887941 shares. The company report on April 16, 2021 that Chelan PUD and Avista Partner on Clean, Hydropower Energy Contract.
New agreement brings zero-carbon energy to Northwest electric customers.
Avista and Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) have finalized a contract for renewable hydropower from two PUD hydro projects on the Columbia River. The contract increases Avista’s carbon-free resources in its energy portfolio, helping achieve the company’s clean electricity goals and supporting Washington State’s Clean Energy Transformation Act goals as well.
It opened the trading session at $48.01, the shares rose to $48.11 and dropped to $47.22, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for AVA points out that the company has recorded 37.57% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -46.44% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 461.26K shares, AVA reached to a volume of 2887941 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Avista Corporation [AVA]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AVA shares is $42.75 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AVA stock is a recommendation set at 3.20. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Sidoti have made an estimate for Avista Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on March 26, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on February 25, 2021, representing the official price target for Avista Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $37, while BofA Securities analysts kept a Underperform rating on AVA stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Avista Corporation is set at 1.03, with the Price to Sales ratio for AVA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.50. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.60, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.20.
Trading performance analysis for AVA stock
Avista Corporation [AVA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.69. With this latest performance, AVA shares gained by 3.71% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 37.57% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 7.00% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for AVA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 59.71, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 53.13, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 61.79 for Avista Corporation [AVA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 43.46, while it was recorded at 47.55 for the last single week of trading, and 38.51 for the last 200 days.
Avista Corporation [AVA]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Avista Corporation [AVA] shares currently have an operating margin of +17.60 and a Gross Margin at +25.66. Avista Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +9.80.
Return on Total Capital for AVA is now 5.40, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 3.17. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 6.52, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.99. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Avista Corporation [AVA] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 117.59. Additionally, AVA Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 54.04, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 35.57. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 107.24, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 49.28.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Avista Corporation [AVA] managed to generate an average of $65,398 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.76 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.20.Avista Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.50 and a Current Ratio set at 0.70.
Avista Corporation [AVA]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Avista Corporation posted 0.72/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.65/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 10.80%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for AVA. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Avista Corporation go to 6.90%.
An analysis of insider ownership at Avista Corporation [AVA]
There are presently around $2,752 million, or 90.80% of AVA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AVA stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 12,290,393, which is approximately 2.736% of the company’s market cap and around 0.70% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 7,573,332 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $357.76 million in AVA stocks shares; and PUBLIC SECTOR PENSION INVESTMENT BOARD, currently with $242.18 million in AVA stock with ownership of nearly 5.486% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Avista Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 110 institutional holders increased their position in Avista Corporation [NYSE:AVA] by around 4,538,210 shares. Additionally, 115 investors decreased positions by around 3,990,880 shares, while 46 investors held positions by with 49,717,818 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 58,246,908 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AVA stock had 28 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,560,143 shares, while 36 institutional investors sold positions of 1,296,627 shares during the same period.