Why Should You Put American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) On Your Portfolio?

Currently, there are 196.94M common shares owned by the public and among those 180.98M shares have been available to trade.

The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 4.82% and 21.27% over the past three months. AEO shares are trading 21.27% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 94.84% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $9.95 and touched a high of $26.44 over the same period. AEO has an average intraday trading volume of 4.65 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 6.67%, 13.34%, and 41.49% respectively.

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Institutional ownership of American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE: AEO) shares accounts for 98.24% of the company’s 196.94M shares outstanding.

It has a market capitalization of $5.07B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.58. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 29.81, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $0.86. The company has a PEG of 2.81 and a Quick Ratio of 0.89 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.68. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 2.53% over the week and 4.03% over the month.

Analysts forecast that American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO) will achieve an EPS of $0.26 for the current quarter, $0.36 for the next quarter and $1.92 for 2026. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.25 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.29. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $0.17 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 13.46%, and 11.57% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 10.60% over the next five years, compared to -10.10% over the past 5-year period.

Looking at the support for the AEO, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Telsey Advisory Group stated their Market Perform rating for the stock in a research note on March 08, 2024, with the firm’s price target at $22-$25. Telsey Advisory Group coverage for the American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO) stock in a research note released on January 09, 2024 offered a Market Perform rating with a price target of $22. BofA Securities was of a view on November 15, 2023 that the stock is Neutral, while Barclays gave the stock Overweight rating on August 01, 2023, issuing a price target of $11- $18. Jefferies on their part issued Hold rating on February 15, 2023.

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