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.

AWK was given price targets by several analysts. The highest price target was 105, implying a possible profit of 29.95 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 72, which equates to a potential downside of -10.89 percent. It is crucial to not blindly accept any price targets or stock ratings, because many analysts have it in their best interest to give positive coverage of certain stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change 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. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. 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 have revised their quarterly estimates upwards in the past 30 days, which can be compared to the 1 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 1 analysts decreased their estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of AWK to grow at a rate of 11.84 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. 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 2.65 percent lower than its 52-week 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 market cap of AWK is $14.5 billion. AWK will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.