American Water Works (AWK) Receiving Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Water Works earned a daily sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6226038065379 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) traded up $0.60 on Friday, reaching $83.01. 1,323,868 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,160,000. American Water Works has a 12 month low of $71.00 and a 12 month high of $92.37. The company has a quick ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 0.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21. The stock has a market cap of $14,810.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.14, a PEG ratio of 3.39 and a beta of 0.27.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.08. American Water Works had a net margin of 15.82% and a return on equity of 9.69%. The company had revenue of $936.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $992.58 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.05 EPS. American Water Works’s revenue for the quarter was up .6% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that American Water Works will post 3.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be given a dividend of $0.415 per share. This represents a $1.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.00%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 6th. American Water Works’s dividend payout ratio is presently 56.27%.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Bank of America lowered shares of American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $85.70 to $91.00 in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of American Water Works from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Guggenheim lowered shares of American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Argus increased their price objective on shares of American Water Works from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Finally, Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on shares of American Water Works from $82.00 to $87.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. American Water Works presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $90.86.

In other news, EVP Michael A. Sgro sold 841 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.03, for a total transaction of $75,715.23. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Deborah A. Degillio sold 822 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.75, for a total transaction of $73,774.50. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 3,659 shares in the company, valued at approximately $328,395.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 6,856 shares of company stock valued at $616,700 over the last three months. 0.34% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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American Water Works Company Profile

American Water Works Company, Inc is a holding company for regulated and market-based subsidiaries throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s Regulated Businesses segment provides water and wastewater services as public utilities in 16 states in the United States as of December 31, 2016.

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