Bank of Nova Scotia Purchases Shares of 18,057 Avnet, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVT)

Bank of Nova Scotia purchased a new stake in Avnet, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVTGet Rating) during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm purchased 18,057 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $774,000.

Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Quantbot Technologies LP acquired a new position in shares of Avnet in the 1st quarter valued at $38,000. Ellevest Inc. raised its stake in shares of Avnet by 110.9% in the 2nd quarter. Ellevest Inc. now owns 930 shares of the company’s stock valued at $40,000 after acquiring an additional 489 shares during the period. Pinebridge Investments L.P. raised its stake in shares of Avnet by 442.5% in the 2nd quarter. Pinebridge Investments L.P. now owns 1,085 shares of the company’s stock valued at $47,000 after acquiring an additional 885 shares during the period. EverSource Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Avnet in the 2nd quarter valued at $59,000. Finally, Captrust Financial Advisors raised its stake in shares of Avnet by 29.3% in the 1st quarter. Captrust Financial Advisors now owns 3,298 shares of the company’s stock valued at $134,000 after acquiring an additional 747 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 98.89% of the company’s stock.

Avnet Trading Up 0.1 %

AVT opened at $44.21 on Friday. Avnet, Inc. has a 12-month low of $35.45 and a 12-month high of $50.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 2.04 and a quick ratio of 1.04. The stock has a market capitalization of $4.05 billion, a PE ratio of 5.68, a P/E/G ratio of 0.26 and a beta of 1.32. The firm’s fifty day moving average price is $39.84 and its 200 day moving average price is $42.38.

Avnet (NASDAQ:AVTGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $2.00 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.91 by $0.09. Avnet had a net margin of 3.00% and a return on equity of 18.23%. The company had revenue of $6.75 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.36 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.22 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 20.9% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, research analysts expect that Avnet, Inc. will post 6.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Avnet Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 21st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 7th will be given a $0.29 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, December 6th. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.62%. Avnet’s payout ratio is 14.91%.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on AVT shares. Wells Fargo & Company downgraded shares of Avnet from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and cut their target price for the company from $45.00 to $35.00 in a research note on Friday, September 16th. Stifel Nicolaus cut their target price on shares of Avnet from $48.00 to $42.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 10th. Finally, StockNews.com cut shares of Avnet from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 28th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.86.

Avnet Profile

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Avnet, Inc, a technology solutions company, markets, sells, and distributes electronic components. The company operates through two segments, Electronic Components and Farnell. The Electronic Components segment markets, sells, and distributes semiconductors; interconnect, passive, and electromechanical devices; and other integrated components from electronic component manufacturers.

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