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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for AWK. The maximum price target given was 105, implying a possible profit of 29.95 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 72, implying a possible loss of -10.89 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of -0.62 percent. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -1.23 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.33 percent in FY estimates.

Investors like to see analysts making revisions in the same direction, as that raises confidence in the revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, 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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

The growth rate of AWK's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 11.84 percent. People on Wall Street often look at a company's PEG ratio. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, 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, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. AWK has a PEG ratio of 2.54.

AWK has a 52-week high of 83.00 and a 52-week low of 69.41. Currently the stock is 16.41 percent higher than its 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.