Media headlines about American States Water (NYSE:AWR) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American States Water earned a news impact score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.3883844183992 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Zacks: American States Water Co (AWR) Given $49.00 Consensus Target Price by Analysts (americanbankingnews.com)
- American States Water Co (AWR) Director Sells $61,369.00 in Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Malcolm Berko: Erie writer wants to invest in water – Burlington County Times (burlingtoncountytimes.com)
- Malcolm Berko: Erie writer wants to invest in water – The Intelligencer (theintell.com)
- Malcolm Berko: Erie writer wants to invest in water – The Times (timesonline.com)
Several analysts have commented on AWR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised American States Water from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price objective on American States Water from $46.00 to $48.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. American States Water has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $50.67.
American States Water (NYSE:AWR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The utilities provider reported $0.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $124.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $145.78 million. American States Water had a return on equity of 13.34% and a net margin of 15.28%. The business’s revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.59 earnings per share. research analysts predict that American States Water will post 1.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In related news, Director Anne M. Holloway sold 1,000 shares of American States Water stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $55,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 38,399 shares in the company, valued at $2,111,945. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Lloyd E. Ross sold 1,100 shares of American States Water stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.79, for a total value of $61,369.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 50,706 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,828,887.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 5,025 shares of company stock worth $279,898 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.
About American States Water
American States Water Company (AWR) is a holding company. The Company is the parent company of Golden State Water Company (GSWC) and American States Utility Services, Inc (ASUS), as well as ASUS’ subsidiaries, such as Fort Bliss Water Services Company (FBWS), Terrapin Utility Services, Inc (TUS), Old Dominion Utility Services, Inc (ODUS), Palmetto State Utility Services, Inc (PSUS) and Old North Utility Services, Inc (ONUS).
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