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American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the nine ratings firms that are covering the stock, AnalystRatings.Net reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $52.13.

Shares of American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) opened at 48.345 on Friday. American Water Works Company has a 52 week low of $38.91 and a 52 week high of $48.88. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $47.42 and a 200-day moving average of $44.42. The company has a market cap of $8.640 billion and a P/E ratio of 22.88.

American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, May 7th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $681.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $670.13 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.32 earnings per share. American Water Works Company’s revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that American Water Works Company will post $2.43 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “fair value” rating on shares of American Water Works Company in a research note on Friday, May 30th. They now have a $54.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $50.00. Separately, analysts at Boenning Scattergood raised their price target on shares of American Water Works Company from $47.00 to $53.00 in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Macquarie raised their price target on shares of American Water Works Company from $48.00 to $50.00 in a research note on Friday, May 9th.

American Water Works Company, Inc (NYSE:AWK) is a water and wastewater utility company.

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