AU Optronics Corp. (NYSE:AUO) traded down 4% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $4.03 and last traded at $4.07, with a volume of 1,277,199 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $4.24.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut AU Optronics Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Jefferies Group cut AU Optronics Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. Citigroup Inc. upgraded AU Optronics Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 7th. Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded AU Optronics Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. upgraded AU Optronics Corp. from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. AU Optronics Corp. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $3.58.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $3.37 and its 200 day moving average price is $2.91. The stock’s market cap is $3.98 billion.

AU Optronics Corp. (NYSE:AUO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.20) by $0.14. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.47 earnings per share. The firm earned $80.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $77.62 billion. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 13.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that AU Optronics Corp. will post ($0.02) EPS for the current fiscal year.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in AU Optronics Corp. stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of AU Optronics Corp. (NYSE:AUO) by 1.7% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 17,955,113 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 308,202 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 1.87% of AU Optronics Corp. worth $52,251,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Au Optronics Corp. is engaged in the research, development, production and sale of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) and other flat panel displays used in a range of applications. The Company is also engaged in the production and sale of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and systems.

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