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Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK)?

The company in question is, American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) currently with a stock price of 75.9 (1.47% today). The market cap for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 13510.2, and is in the sector Utilities, and Water Utilities industry. The target price for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 78.31. Currently American Water Works Company, Inc. is trading with a P/E of 27.63, and a forward P/E of 24.96. Average volume for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 1289.33 and so far today it is 1257100.

Performance in the last year for American Water Works Company, Inc. has been 51.61%. For EPS growth, American Water Works Company, Inc. has seen a growth of 10.60%, and is looking to grow in the next year to 7.34%. More long term stats show that EPS growth has been 12.70% over the last five years and could be 7.60% for the next five years. American Water Works Company, Inc. has seen sales growth quarter over quarter at -44.10%, with EPS growth quarter over quarter at -31.70%. The 20-day simple moving average is -4.57%, with the 200-day simple moving average coming to 8.88%.

Since the IPO date for American Water Works Company, Inc. on the 4/23/2008, American Water Works Company, Inc. has seen performance year to date to be 28.93%. With American Water Works Company, Inc. trading at 75.9, the dividend yield is 1.98%, and the EPS is 2.75.

So could American Water Works Company, Inc., be undervalued? Well as said before P/E is 27.63. The PEG is 3.64, P/S is 4.16 and the P/B is at 2.62. The P/cash is 259.81, with P/free cash flow at *TBA.

American Water Works Company, Inc. ability to deal with debt shows that the current ratio is 0.4, and the quick ratio is 0.4. This is with long term debt/equity at 1.14, and total debt/equity at 1.33.

In terms of margins, American Water Works Company, Inc. has a gross margin of *TBA, an operating margin of 34.00% and a profit margin of 15.10%.Payout ratio for American Water Works Company, Inc. is 50.60%. Return on assets come to 2.80% with return on investment coming to 6.60%.

Insider ownership for American Water Works Company, Inc., is at 0.20% and institutional ownership comes to 87.20%. Outstanding shares are at 178. While shares float is 177.61. The float short is currently 2.47%, and short ratio is 3.4.

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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