Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect American Water Works (AWK) Stock Price

Media headlines about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American Water Works earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.9331482369508 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Argus lifted their price objective on American Water Works from $100.00 to $105.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 29th. Guggenheim cut American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised American Water Works from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $101.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Bank of America cut American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $85.70 to $91.00 in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo raised American Water Works from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $80.63 to $88.00 in a research note on Monday, February 26th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $90.13.

AWK stock traded down $0.57 on Wednesday, reaching $80.85. The company had a trading volume of 570,641 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,206,986. American Water Works has a 1 year low of $74.63 and a 1 year high of $92.37. The firm has a market cap of $14,555.55, a PE ratio of 34.11, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.35 and a beta of 0.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21, a current ratio of 0.31 and a quick ratio of 0.29.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 20th. The utilities provider reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by $0.03. American Water Works had a return on equity of 10.03% and a net margin of 12.69%. The firm had revenue of $821.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $843.36 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. American Water Works’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that American Water Works will post 3.26 EPS for the current year.

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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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