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Shares of AOL (NYSE:AOL) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the nineteen ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, AnalystRatings.Net reports. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $49.14.

AOL (NYSE:AOL) traded up 2.27% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $42.87. 744,631 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. AOL has a one year low of $32.19 and a one year high of $53.28. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $39.39 and its 200-day moving average is $41.38. The company has a market cap of $3.427 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.66. AOL also was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock traders bought 1,892 call options on the company. This represents an increase of 300% compared to the average volume of 473 call options.

AOL (NYSE:AOL) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $606.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $595.51 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.35 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that AOL will post $2.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on AOL shares. Analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded shares of AOL from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $50.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $41.92. Separately, analysts at Nomura cut their price target on shares of AOL from $46.00 to $43.00 in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. Finally, analysts at Macquarie cut their price target on shares of AOL from $47.00 to $40.00 in a research note on Friday, May 9th.

AOL Inc (NYSE:AOL) is a global Web services company with a range of brands and offerings, and a global audience.

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