American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Shows

Headlines about American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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. American Eagle Outfitters earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the apparel retailer an impact score of 47.407058481806 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) opened at $18.42 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $3,270.00, a P/E ratio of 20.24, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.04 and a beta of 1.18. American Eagle Outfitters has a 52-week low of $10.23 and a 52-week high of $19.48.

American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, December 6th. The apparel retailer reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $960.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $960.86 million. American Eagle Outfitters had a net margin of 4.50% and a return on equity of 17.42%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.41 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that American Eagle Outfitters will post 1.16 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.125 per share. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.71%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. American Eagle Outfitters’s dividend payout ratio is presently 54.95%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on AEO. Telsey Advisory Group increased their target price on shares of American Eagle Outfitters from $19.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. BMO Capital Markets set a $21.00 target price on shares of American Eagle Outfitters and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Cowen set a $20.00 target price on shares of American Eagle Outfitters and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $21.00 target price on shares of American Eagle Outfitters in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Buckingham Research raised shares of American Eagle Outfitters from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. American Eagle Outfitters has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $15.79.

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American Eagle Outfitters Company Profile

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc (AEO Inc) is a multi-brand specialty retailer. The Company offers a range of apparel and accessories for men and women under the American Eagle Outfitters Brand (AEO Brand), and intimates, apparel and personal care products for women under the Aerie brand. AEO Inc operates stores in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, China and the United Kingdom.

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