American Water Works Co. Inc. (AWK) Is Not Likely To Be The Same Tomorrow

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Stocks Info

American Water Works Co. Inc. is listed on the NYSE in the Utilities sector while operating in the Utilities – Regulated Water industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $125.24 and fluctuated between $125.36 as its day high and $122.92 as its day low. The current market capitalization of American Water Works Co. Inc. is $24.39B. A total of 1.15 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.10M shares.

Insider Activity

Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, AWK has seen 1 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 3,786 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 24 BUYs and 4 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 52,599 shares during that period but sold 6,569.

In the most recent transaction, Marberry Michael bought 3,786 shares of AWK for 130.20 per share on Nov 06. After the transaction, the Director now owns 7,459 company shares. In a previous transaction on Aug 28, GOSS MARTHA CLARK bought 56 shares at 141.07 per share. AWK shares that Director owns now total 35,960.

Among the insiders who bought shares, Marberry Michael acquired of 1,400 shares on May 18 at a per-share price of $142.35. This resulted in the Director holding 3,673 shares of AWK after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Marberry Michael bought 675 shares at $145.89 per share on May 02. Company shares held by the Director now total 1,238.

Dividend

The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. American Water Works Co. Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.78, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.22%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 26.02. AWK’s most recent ex-dividend date was 2/7/2024 when it declared a $0.7075 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 3/1/2024. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 12/1/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 11/13/2023. The AWK stock dividend was $0.7075 per share in cash.

Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for AWK in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $144.70 with high estimates of $169.00 and low estimates of $128.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, AWK has a high of $162.59 and a low of $114.25.

As of this writing, AWK has an earnings estimate of $0.81 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 6 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.9 per share and a lower estimate of $0.69. The company reported an EPS of $1.47 in the last quarter, which was 12.20% higher than expectations of $1.31.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. AWK’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $116.00M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $11.06B in debt and $2.14B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $50.83, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $7.30B.

Analysts Opinion

After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for AWK is Buy with a score of 3.60.

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