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 analyst gave a price target of 105, implying a possible profit of 29.95 percent. The minimum price target given was 72, implying potential capital losses of -10.89 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates downwards by an average of -0.62 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is -1.23 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.33 percent.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 1 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 1 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

AWK has an estimated earnings growth rate of 11.84 percent as forecasted by analysts. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, as that can indicate whether the high price level of a stock is warranted by high growth. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. AWK has a PEG ratio of 2.54.

AWK has traded between a high of 83.00 and a low of 69.41 over the past year. Today's price is 16.41 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 2.65 percent. 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 is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 0000-00-00, days from today.