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AEP: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ American Electric Power Co. (AEP) on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $572.8 million.

On a per-share basis, the Columbus, Ohio-based company said it had net income of $1.16. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1.19 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share.

The utility posted revenue of $4.06 billion in the period.

AEP expects full-year earnings in the range of $4 to $4.20 per share.

AEP shares have increased 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen 17 percent. The stock has risen 22 percent in the last 12 months.

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