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.

A number of analysts gave price targets for AWK. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 105, implying a possible profit of 29.95 percent. The lowest price target was 72, which equates to a potential downside 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.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for this quarter, by about -0.62 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -1.23 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.33 percent in FY estimates.

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 made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

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, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of AWK is 2.54.

AWK has traded between a high of 83.00 and a low of 69.41 over the past year. Currently the stock is 16.41 percent higher than its low, and below the high by 2.65 percent. AWK has a P/E 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.