American Water Works Co Inc (AWK): Today's Featured Utilities Winner

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American Water Works ( AWK) pushed the Utilities sector higher today making it today's featured utilities winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, American Water Works rose $0.49 (1.2%) to $41.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,120,042 shares of American Water Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 769,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.82-$41.69 after having opened the day at $40.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.96. Other companies within the Utilities sector that increased today were: Pure Cycle Corporation ( PCYO), up 5.3%, Consolidated Water Company ( CWCO), up 5.0%, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR.B), up 3.0% and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras ( EBR), up 1.9%.

American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company's Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. American Water Works has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Water Works a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), down 24.2%, Atlantic Power Corporation ( AT), down 2.4%, U.S. Geothermal ( HTM), down 2.1% and American Midstream Partners ( AMID), down 1.8% , were all laggards within the utilities sector with EQT ( EQT) being today's utilities sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the utilities sector could consider Utilities Select Sector SPDR ( XLU) while those bearish on the utilities sector could consider ProShares UltraShort Utilities ( SDP).

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