American Water Works (AWK) Given Daily News Impact Score of 0.15

Press coverage about American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Alpha One Sentiment reports. Alpha One, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American Water Works earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 47 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for American Water Works (NYSE:AWK)

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) traded up 0.43% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $80.04. 295,096 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. American Water Works has a 1-year low of $69.41 and a 1-year high of $85.24. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $77.78 and its 200-day moving average price is $75.39. The company has a market capitalization of $14.26 billion, a PE ratio of 29.87 and a beta of 0.23.

American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The utilities provider reported $0.52 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.52. The company had revenue of $756 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $759.54 million. American Water Works had a net margin of 14.45% and a return on equity of 9.92%. American Water Works’s quarterly revenue was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that American Water Works will post $3.03 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 5th were paid a $0.415 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 3rd. This is a positive change from American Water Works’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. This represents a $1.66 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.08%. American Water Works’s payout ratio is currently 61.71%.

AWK has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Vetr downgraded American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $80.29 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, February 28th. HSBC Holdings plc downgraded American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $79.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded American Water Works from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 15th. Robert W. Baird downgraded American Water Works from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $69.41 to $82.00 in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Northcoast Research initiated coverage on American Water Works in a research report on Thursday, May 25th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $82.60.

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In other news, SVP Loyd A. Warnock sold 1,263 shares of American Water Works stock in a transaction dated 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 of the company’s stock, valued at $530,606.55. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Insiders own 0.34% of the company’s stock.

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.new TradingView.widget({ “height”: 400, “width”: 625, “symbol”: “AWK”, “interval”: “D”, “timezone”: “Etc/UTC”, “theme”: “White”, “style”: “1”, “locale”: “en”, “toolbar_bg”: “#f1f3f6”, “enable_publishing”: false, “hideideas”: true, “referral_id”: “2588”});

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