AES Corp (AES) Short Interest Update

AES Corp (NYSE:AES) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 21,895,682 shares, an increase of 50.8% from the January 12th total of 14,517,838 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 14,858,273 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.5 days. Currently, 3.3% of the shares of the company are short sold.

AES (NYSE:AES) opened at $10.20 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.20, a current ratio of 0.99 and a quick ratio of 0.89. AES has a 12 month low of $9.86 and a 12 month high of $12.05. The company has a market capitalization of $6,740.00, a PE ratio of -340.00, a PEG ratio of 1.08 and a beta of 1.26.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 1st will be paid a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 31st. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.10%. This is an increase from AES’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. AES’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -1,733.33%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. UBS Group assumed coverage on AES in a report on Friday, February 2nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $12.00 target price on the stock. Bank of America raised AES from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $11.50 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Morgan Stanley decreased their price objective on AES from $14.00 to $12.50 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 13th. Finally, ValuEngine raised AES from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.58.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of AES. Trilogy Capital Inc. bought a new position in shares of AES in the fourth quarter worth about $135,000. Cypress Capital Group purchased a new stake in shares of AES during the third quarter worth about $138,000. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of AES during the fourth quarter worth about $142,000. Buckley Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AES during the fourth quarter worth about $163,000. Finally, CAPROCK Group Inc. grew its position in shares of AES by 69.5% during the fourth quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 19,692 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $217,000 after purchasing an additional 8,073 shares in the last quarter. 92.58% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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AES Company Profile

The AES Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, operates a diversified portfolio of electricity generation and distribution businesses. It is organized into six strategic business units (SBUs): the United States; Andes; Brazil; Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (MCAC); Europe, and Asia.

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