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American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) Director Martha Clark Goss unloaded 2,565 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.25, for a total transaction of $123,761.25. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 20,306 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $979,765. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on AWK. Analysts at Credit Suisse raised their price target on shares of American Water Works Company from $45.00 to $49.00 in a research note on Friday, August 8th. They now have a “neutral” rating 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. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $51.75.

Shares of American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) traded up 1.67% on Thursday, hitting $49.1675. 427,142 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. American Water Works Company has a one year low of $39.05 and a one year high of $49.55. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $48.30 and its 200-day moving average is $46.23. The company has a market cap of $8.795 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.39.

American Water Works Company (NYSE:AWK) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 6th. The company reported $0.63 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $759.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $780.41 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.57 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.8% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that American Water Works Company will post $2.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, August 11th will be given a dividend of $0.31 per share. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 7th.

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

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