News headlines about Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Apollo Investment earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the asset manager an impact score of 45.2417849592932 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Apollo Investment (AINV) opened at $5.86 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. Apollo Investment has a 1-year low of $5.69 and a 1-year high of $6.82. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,299.73, a PE ratio of 9.15, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.90 and a beta of 0.93.

Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) last issued its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The asset manager reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16. The company had revenue of $66.46 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $67.75 million. Apollo Investment had a return on equity of 9.51% and a net margin of 29.87%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.18 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Apollo Investment will post 0.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 21st will be paid a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 20th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.24%. Apollo Investment’s dividend payout ratio is presently 166.67%.

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the company. National Securities reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $6.00 target price on shares of Apollo Investment in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. Bank of America reiterated an “underperform” rating and set a $6.00 price target (up from $5.50) on shares of Apollo Investment in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $7.00 price target on Apollo Investment and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Raymond James Financial upgraded Apollo Investment from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $7.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Apollo Investment from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, August 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $6.41.

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About Apollo Investment

Apollo Investment Corporation is a closed-end, externally managed, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation. It invests primarily in various forms of debt investments, including secured and unsecured debt, loan investments and/or equity in private middle-market companies.

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