News articles about American States Water (NYSE:AWR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. American States Water earned a daily sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 45.846242412953 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

American States Water (AWR) opened at $52.40 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.97 and a quick ratio of 0.93. The company has a market capitalization of $1,920.00, a P/E ratio of 28.63, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 7.37 and a beta of 0.38. American States Water has a 12 month low of $41.14 and a 12 month high of $60.00.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a $0.255 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This represents a $1.02 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.95%. American States Water’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 55.74%.

A number of brokerages have commented on AWR. Zacks Investment Research raised American States Water from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. Wells Fargo & Co cut American States Water from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $48.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.67.

In other news, Director Diana M. Bonta sold 1,675 shares of American States Water stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.42, for a total value of $96,178.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Anne M. Holloway sold 1,000 shares of American States Water stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total value of $55,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 38,399 shares in the company, valued at $2,111,945. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 3,775 shares of company stock worth $212,548 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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American States Water Company Profile

American States Water Company (AWR) is a holding company. The Company is the parent company of Golden State Water Company (GSWC) and American States Utility Services, Inc (ASUS), as well as ASUS’ subsidiaries, such as Fort Bliss Water Services Company (FBWS), Terrapin Utility Services, Inc (TUS), Old Dominion Utility Services, Inc (ODUS), Palmetto State Utility Services, Inc (PSUS) and Old North Utility Services, Inc (ONUS).

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