Media stories about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) have trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Water Works earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.0454994696647 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 news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Several research analysts have recently issued reports on AWK shares. Bank of America Corporation started coverage on American Water Works in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $95.00 price target for the company. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of American Water Works in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Wells Fargo & Company set a $89.00 price target on American Water Works and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised American Water Works from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $82.00 price target on shares of American Water Works in a research note on Sunday, October 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. American Water Works has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $85.63.

Shares of American Water Works (AWK) traded up $0.08 during trading on Friday, hitting $88.74. The stock had a trading volume of 198,417 shares, compared to its average volume of 853,798. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.21, a quick ratio of 0.47 and a current ratio of 0.49. The firm has a market capitalization of $15,814.76, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.57, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.89 and a beta of 0.25. American Water Works has a twelve month low of $69.96 and a twelve month high of $91.39.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be issued a $0.415 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 9th. This represents a $1.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.87%. American Water Works’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 56.27%.

In other news, EVP Michael A. Sgro sold 841 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.03, for a total transaction of $75,715.23. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Deborah A. Degillio sold 822 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $89.75, for a total value of $73,774.50. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 3,659 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $328,395.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 10,191 shares of company stock valued at $890,337. Insiders own 0.34% of the company’s stock.

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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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