Shares of AU Optronics Corp (NYSE:AUO) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twelve brokerages that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company.

Several research analysts have issued reports on AUO shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AU Optronics Corp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. BidaskClub lowered shares of AU Optronics Corp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, July 8th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “neutral” rating on shares of AU Optronics Corp in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of AU Optronics Corp from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 15th. Finally, Bank of America Corporation lowered shares of AU Optronics Corp from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th.

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Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Morgan Stanley increased its stake in shares of AU Optronics Corp by 690.1% in the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,586,406 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $9,880,000 after acquiring an additional 2,259,044 shares in the last quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. increased its stake in shares of AU Optronics Corp by 123.9% in the 1st quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. now owns 124,467 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $475,000 after acquiring an additional 68,867 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of AU Optronics Corp by 20.3% in the 2nd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 844,009 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $3,849,000 after acquiring an additional 142,600 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Group LLC increased its stake in shares of AU Optronics Corp by 9.4% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Group LLC now owns 115,274 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $526,000 after acquiring an additional 9,931 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Greenleaf Trust increased its stake in shares of AU Optronics Corp by 46.0% in the 2nd quarter. Greenleaf Trust now owns 76,670 shares of the semiconductor company’s stock valued at $350,000 after acquiring an additional 24,163 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 7.41% of the company’s stock.

AU Optronics Corp (AUO) traded up $0.04 during trading on Thursday, reaching $4.15. 748,618 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,061,921. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, a quick ratio of 1.36 and a current ratio of 1.57. The stock has a market cap of $3,994.06, a P/E ratio of 3.74 and a beta of 0.52.

AU Optronics Corp (NYSE:AUO) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The semiconductor company reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.29 by $0.63. AU Optronics Corp had a net margin of 10.56% and a return on equity of 18.22%. The firm had revenue of $87.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $85.19 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.51 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that AU Optronics Corp will post 1.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About AU Optronics Corp

AU Optronics Corp. is a thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panel provider. The Company operates in two business segments: display business and solar business. Through Display business segment, the Company designs, develops, manufactures, assembles and markets flat panel displays and most of its products are TFT-LCD panels.

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