News stories about American States Water (NYSE:AWR) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. American States Water earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 44.7371335890113 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

American States Water (NYSE:AWR) traded up $1.85 on Friday, hitting $52.19. The stock had a trading volume of 462,830 shares, compared to its average volume of 545,866. American States Water has a 1 year low of $41.14 and a 1 year high of $60.00. 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 stock has a market cap of $1,846.43, a PE ratio of 28.52, a P/E/G ratio of 7.06 and a beta of 0.39.

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

AWR has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American States Water from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective for the company in a report 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 objective for the company. in a report on Monday, December 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. American States Water currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $50.67.

In other news, Director Diana M. Bonta sold 1,675 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.42, for a total value of $96,178.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Lloyd E. Ross sold 1,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, January 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.79, for a total value of $61,369.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 50,706 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,828,887.74. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 3,775 shares of company stock valued at $212,548 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.49% of the company’s stock.

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About American States Water

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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