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American Electric Power (AEP +0.4%) holds its own today, despite a lackluster Q4 that still...

American Electric Power (AEP +0.4%) holds its own today, despite a lackluster Q4 that still managed to beat estimates. Net profit sank 93% Y/Y as the company posted sizeable charges related to restructuring and writedowns at one of its Ohio plants. The company boosted its dividend payout ratio however, to 60% to 70% of consolidated earnings, from 50% to 60%, saying it sought to reward shareholders and achieve ratios consistent with its regulated peers.

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