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American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) – Is this large market cap stock undervalued?

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), is firmly in the large market cap category with market cap of 13561.32. To be considered a large market cap stock companies have to be valued at more than $10 billion. The current price for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 76.23 (with a change from open of 0.00%), this in conjunction with a target price of 77.46. Volume today has so far reached 772900, with an average volume of about 1229.11. The GAP for this stock, is 0.11%.

The P/E ratio is 27.75, bringing the forward P/E to a value of 25.07. The current EPS for American Water Works Company, Inc., is 2.75, with a EPS growth for this year coming to a value of 10.60%. Performance has been interesting with performance year to date coming to 29.49%.

Looking further into the growth statistics for American Water Works Company, Inc., EPS is looking like it will grow 7.34% in the next year. Looking even further it is projected to be 7.60%. Quarter over quarter is -31.70% for EPS growth and for sales growth quarter over quarter it is -44.10%. Looking at past EPS growth statistics we see that for the past five years it has been 12.70%. Sales growth for the past five years has in fact been 4.30%.

Looking at the ownership, we see that the insider ownership is at 0.20% and institutional ownership is 87.10%. Shares outstanding is 177.9, while shares float is at a value of 177.61. Float short for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 1.96% and the short ratio is 2.83.

In terms of debt, long term debt/equity is 1.14, while the total debt/equity comes to 1.33. The ability to meet these debts, means that the current ratio is 0.4, and the quick ratio is 0.4. The most recent gross margin is *TBA and their operating margin is 34.00%. The profit margin is 15.10%.

American Water Works Company, Inc. has seen returns on assets of 2.80%, and on investment, 6.60%. Return on equity is 9.60%. Price/Earnings to growth ratio is 3.65. Price/Sales ratio is at a value of 4.17, with Price/book ratio coming to 2.63 and Price/cash is 260.79, and finally Price/Free cash Flow is *TBA.

The simple moving averages are -1.37% and 7.09% for 20 day and 200 day simple moving average respectively. For the 52 week high and low the 52 week high is -10.16% and the 52 week low is 45.01%.

American Water Works Company, Inc. has a dividend yield of 1.97%, with a current price of 76.23. The ability to pay this means the payout ratio is 50.60%. This is in an industry, Water Utilities, with equally high dividends from other companies in this sector, which it is Utilities. American Water Works Company, Inc. is based in USA.

Performance in the Water Utilities industry means that American Water Works Company, Inc. has seen performance for the past week of -0.70%, with performance for the month coming to 1.06%. Looking at the data for the quarter it is at a value of -6.97%, and for the half year the performance is 43.62%. Volatility for this week is 1.34% and for the month this is 1.58%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.

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