Is American Water Works Co. Inc. (NYSE: AWK) The Best Stock To Invest In?

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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 $122.21 and fluctuated between $122.38 as its day high and $120.43 as its day low. The current market capitalization of American Water Works Co. Inc. is $23.80B. A total of 2.0 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.42M shares.

In the most recent transaction, Kennedy Melanie M sold 843 shares of AWK for 119.59 per share on Mar 04 ’24. After the transaction, the EVP, CHRO now owns 16,240 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 06 ’23, Marberry Michael bought 3,786 shares at 130.20 per share. AWK shares that Director owns now total 7,459.

Among the insiders who bought shares, GOSS MARTHA CLARK acquired of 56 shares on Aug 28 ’23 at a per-share price of $141.07. This resulted in the Director holding 35,960 shares of AWK after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Marberry Michael bought 1,400 shares at $142.35 per share on May 18 ’23. Company shares held by the Director now total 3,673.

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 $2.83, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.32%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 25.03. 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. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, AWK has a high of $153.43 and a low of $114.25.

As of this writing, AWK has an earnings estimate of $0.99 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 6 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.05 per share and a lower estimate of $0.94. The company reported an EPS of $1.66 in the last quarter, which was 0.60% higher than expectations of $1.65.

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 $50.31, 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 3.55.

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