NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

American Water Works

(NYSE:

AWK

) is tomorrow, February 1, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $33.85 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for American Water Works has been 950,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Water Works has a market cap of $5.73 billion and is part of the

utilities

sector and

utilities

industry. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

American Water Works Company, Inc. provides water and wastewater services to residential, commercial, industrial, public, and other customers in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 20, above the average utilities industry P/E ratio of 18.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

American Water Works Ratings Report

.

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