Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund decreased its position in shares of American Water Works Company Inc (NYSE:AWK) by 5.1% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 90,654 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 4,900 shares during the quarter. Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund owned approximately 0.05% of American Water Works worth $8,229,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Central Bank & Trust Co. lifted its stake in shares of American Water Works by 124.2% during the 4th quarter. Central Bank & Trust Co. now owns 426 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $39,000 after purchasing an additional 236 shares during the last quarter. Moody National Bank Trust Division lifted its stake in shares of American Water Works by 26.7% during the 4th quarter. Moody National Bank Trust Division now owns 665 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $61,000 after purchasing an additional 140 shares during the last quarter. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of American Water Works during the 3rd quarter worth $138,000. Mckinley Capital Management LLC Delaware purchased a new stake in shares of American Water Works during the 3rd quarter worth $199,000. Finally, Bourgeon Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of American Water Works during the 4th quarter worth $201,000. 83.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other American Water Works news, COO Walter Lynch sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $91.69, for a total value of $458,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 107,031 shares in the company, valued at $9,813,672.39. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Karl F. Kurz acquired 1,000 shares of American Water Works stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 13th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $91.30 per share, with a total value of $91,300.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

AWK has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research restated a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 price objective on shares of American Water Works in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Wells Fargo & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of American Water Works in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Robert W. Baird upped their price objective on American Water Works from $103.00 to $104.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott upped their price objective on American Water Works from $96.00 to $102.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 12th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $95.22.

American Water Works stock opened at $95.67 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29, a current ratio of 0.46 and a quick ratio of 0.43. American Water Works Company Inc has a one year low of $76.04 and a one year high of $98.18. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.35 and a beta of 0.21.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 31st. The utilities provider reported $1.20 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.16 by $0.04. American Water Works had a return on equity of 10.57% and a net margin of 13.31%. The company had revenue of $976.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $946.35 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.08 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts predict that American Water Works Company Inc will post 3.3 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 7th will be paid a $0.455 dividend. This represents a $1.82 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.90%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 6th. American Water Works’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 60.07%.

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About American Water Works

American Water Works Company, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. It offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,600 communities in 16 states. The company operates approximately 72 surface water treatment plants; 527 groundwater treatment plants; 8 combined treatment plants; 127 wastewater treatment plants; 50,382 miles of transmission, distribution, and collection mains and pipes; 1,103 groundwater wells; 1,428 water and wastewater pumping stations; 1,313 treated water storage facilities; and 80 dams.

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