Analyst Ratings for American Water Works Co. (AWK)

Updated: 2017-07-28

An average rating of Overweight has been given to American Water Works Co. (NYSE:AWK) by analysts covering the stock. About 30 days ago, AWK was issued an average rating of Overweight.

6 analysts declared AWK a buy, 0 issued an overweight rating, 8 gave a hold rating, 1 issued an underweight rating, and 0 gave a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has decreased by 1. During this time, the number of analysts bearish on the stock has decreased by 1.

Several price targets were given for AWK by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 105, which equates to a potential upside of 29.95 percent. The minimum price target given was 72, implying potential capital losses of -10.89 percent. Note that investment analysts can be biased in their reporting on companies's ratings and price targets.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -0.62 percent. That number becomes -1.23 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.33 percent in FY estimates.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, while 1 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of AWK to grow at a rate of 11.84 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. The PEG ratio of AWK is 2.54.

In the trailing 52-weeks, AWK hit 83.00 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 69.41. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 16.41 percent, and 2.65 percent below the high. AWK has a price/earnings ratio of 30.04. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The AWK value stock report compares AWK to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.5 billion. AWK will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.