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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of American Electric Power Co. (AEP) are declining by 0.17% to $58.10 late Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results.

The Columbus, OH-based utility holding company reports its earnings results on Thursday before the market open.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are expecting American Electric Power to report earnings of 50 cents per share on revenue of $3.87 billion.

The company reported operating earnings of 48 cents per share and GAAP earnings of 39 cents per share, on revenue of $4 billion during the same period last year.

American Electric Power delivers electricity to almost 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings Team has a "buy" rating with a score of A on the stock.

This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that rated by the team.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels.

The team feels its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: AEP

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