News stories about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Water Works earned a coverage optimism score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.6245481061278 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

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Several equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of American Water Works in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Bank of America initiated coverage on shares of American Water Works in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $95.00 price objective for the company. Wells Fargo & Co set a $89.00 target price on shares of American Water Works and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. 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. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott downgraded shares of American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, November 3rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. One 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. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $90.86.

American Water Works (AWK) traded down $0.19 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $83.55. 289,129 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,293,579. American Water Works has a one year low of $71.63 and a one year 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 firm has a market cap of $14,940.00, a PE ratio of 28.28, a PEG ratio of 3.48 and a beta of 0.27.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The utilities provider reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.08. American Water Works had a net margin of 15.82% and a return on equity of 9.69%. The firm had revenue of $936.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $992.58 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.05 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .6% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that American Water Works will post 3.02 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.415 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 6th. This represents a $1.66 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.99%. American Water Works’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 56.27%.

In other news, COO Walter Lynch sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.95, for a total transaction of $449,750.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 97,667 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,785,146.65. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Michael A. Sgro sold 841 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.03, for a total transaction of $75,715.23. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 6,856 shares of company stock worth $616,700. 0.34% of the stock is currently owned by corporate 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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