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Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA) Director Heidi B. Stanley sold 1,400 shares of Avista Corp stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $31.06, for a total value of $43,484.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 12,304 shares in the company, valued at approximately $382,162. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on AVA shares. Analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of Avista Corp from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, May 12th. They now have a $34.70 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at CRT Capital initiated coverage on shares of Avista Corp in a research note on Monday, April 7th. They set a “fair value” rating and a $32.00 price target on the stock.

Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA) opened at 31.66 on Friday. Avista Corp has a one year low of $25.55 and a one year high of $32.94. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $31.77 and its 200-day moving average is $29.56. The company has a market cap of $1.905 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.32.

Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, May 7th. The company reported $0.81 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $490.96 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $488.92 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.71 earnings per share. Avista Corp’s revenue was up 1.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Avista Corp will post $1.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, June 13th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.3175 per share. This represents a $1.27 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.01%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 20th.

Avista Corporation (NYSE:AVA) is an energy company engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of energy, as well as other energy-related businesses.

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