AWK stock: buy or sell?

AWK stock price: $120.77 1.22% At close on March 27th, 2020

Updated on:
March 27th, 2020

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After boosting an exceptional 7.43% on March/26, American Water Works closed yesterday at $120.77 and raised a fine 1.22%. On March 20th AWK plunged a chilling -14.33%. With Friday, it's been 4 climbing sessions in a row, adding $23.70 or 23.54%.

American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada.

Should I buy AWK stock?

Make a decision about when to buy or sell stocks is one of the hardest parts of being a trader or investor. Having a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, American Water Works stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is American Water Works stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for AWK stock for the last month.

AWK stock analysis

Daily outlook

After boosting an exceptional 7.43% on Mar/26, American Water Works closed yesterday at $120.77 and raised a fine 1.22%.

After boosting an exceptional 7.43% on Mar 26th, American Water Works closed yesterday at $120.77 and raised a fine 1.22%. For the last 9 days when AWK stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-9.31 per share (-7.16%). AWK marked a lower low and a lower high in the short term, defining a downward trend. Climbing above $140.29 would break this short term down trend and open possibilities for reversing this situation. Since SMA50d and SMA100d crossed up on January, AWK price slid a -10.40%. On March/6, AWK hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on February/19 tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

AWK stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding a scary -27.41% in a week last week, American Water Works closed this week at $120.77 and climbed a dazzling 19.94%.

Not so far away is the last price record American Water Works marked early March, but since then it dropped a 14.77%. Since price and 40-weeks moving average lines crossed down last week, AWK fell $-7.52 per share (-5.86%). Trading stocks that are below the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average line is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support. Since SMA10w and SMA20w crossed up late January, AWK price slid a -7.07%.

AWK stock chart (weekly)

AWK stock price history

AWK stock went public on April 23rd, 2008 with a price of $14.901. Since then, AWK stock grew a 710.50%, with an average of 64.60% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in AWK stock in 2008, it would worth $7,105.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

AWK stock historical price chart

AWK stock reached all-time highs on Mar/6 with a price of $141.70.

AWK stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we have not found any price forecast for American Water Works stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

, American Water Works presented its financial report, aligned with analysts' consensus and published a $0.69 Earnings per Share. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
AWK earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a0.73n/a
2017-Q32017-11-011.081.080.0%
2017-Q42018-02-200.660.694.5%
2018-Q12018-05-020.550.597.3%
2018-Q22018-08-010.810.832.5%
2018-Q32018-10-311.161.23.4%
2018-Q42019-02-190.690.690.0%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, American Water Works annual sales stepped up a slightly fine 2.47% to $3,440.00 M dollars from $3,357.00 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in the same way, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) appreciated a 3.79% to 16.48%.

AWK annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$2,900 M-$369 M12.7%-
2014$3,011 M3.84%$423 M14.1%14.63%
2015$3,159 M4.90%$476 M15.1%12.50%
2016$3,302 M4.53%$468 M14.2%-1.68%
2017$3,357 M1.67%$426 M12.7%-8.97%
2018$3,440 M2.47%$567 M16.5%33.10%

Quarterly financial results

American Water Works reported $850.00 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a -12.91% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $112.00 M with a profit margin of 13.18%. Profit margin fell a -5.98% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 19.16%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, American Water Works sales marked a beatiful growth and gained a 3.53%.
AWK quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$844 M-$131 M15.5%-
2017-Q3$936 M10.90%$203 M21.7%54.96%
2017-Q4$821 M-12.29%$-1 M-0.1%-100.49%
2018-Q1$761 M-7.31%$106 M13.9%-10,700.00%
2018-Q2$853 M12.09%$162 M19.0%52.83%
2018-Q3$976 M14.42%$187 M19.2%15.43%
2018-Q4$850 M-12.91%$112 M13.2%-40.11%
2019-Q1$813 M-4.35%$113 M13.9%0.89%

American Water Works ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a company, it's always worth to overview its ownership structure.

American Water Works shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.24% of all shares.

Bearish positions for AWK stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

AWK
Market cap$21.8 B
Total shares180.8 M
Float shares180.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)89.9%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%

AWK summary

Friday, March 27th, 2020
Open$116.77
Close$120.77
Day range$115.00 - $125.03
Previous close$119.32
Session gain1.22%
Average true range$13.37
50d mov avg$130.49
100d mov avg$125.37
200d mov avg$122.45
Daily patternlb06a
Weekly pattern

American Water Works performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared American Water Works against in the following table:
Stock3m6m12m
AWK-1.41%-2.02%17.81%

American Water Works competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as American Water Works competitor. This doesn't mean American Water Works does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.