News coverage about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of 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 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.5894889514088 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of research firms recently issued reports on AWK. BidaskClub lowered American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. Northcoast Research began coverage on American Water Works in a report on Thursday, May 25th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Vetr lowered American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $84.04 target price for the company. in a report on Wednesday, June 14th. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered American Water Works from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $69.41 to $82.00 in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $82.63.

Shares of American Water Works (AWK) traded down 0.39% during trading on Thursday, reaching $81.36. The company had a trading volume of 595,549 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.51 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.71 and a beta of 0.25. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $80.00 and a 200 day moving average of $77.60. American Water Works has a 52-week low of $69.41 and a 52-week high of $82.89.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The utilities provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.07. American Water Works had a net margin of 14.20% and a return on equity of 9.70%. The firm had revenue of $844 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $869.52 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.77 EPS. American Water Works’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that American Water Works will post $3.01 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, August 9th will be paid a $0.415 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 7th. This represents a $1.66 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.04%. American Water Works’s payout ratio is currently 62.64%.

In other American Water Works news, SVP Loyd A. Warnock sold 1,263 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.21, for a total value of $94,990.23. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 7,055 shares in the company, valued at $530,606.55. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 0.34% of the stock is currently owned by company 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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