Forbes  Nov 23  Comment 
The worst performing sector as of midday Wednesday is the Utilities sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Within that group, American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) and CMS Energy Corp (NYSE: CMS) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 2.2% and...
Motley Fool  Nov 19  Comment 
Select water stocks have more growth potential than many investors might think – and the industry’s largest publicly traded water utility is the best of the bunch.
Benzinga  Nov 9  Comment 
Donald Trump's victory represents a positive for American Water Works Company Inc (NYSE: AWK), since its dominant size and scope positions the company to “benefit the most from increased infrastructure spend and privatization,” Bank of...
Motley Fool  Nov 8  Comment 
Progress on the California desalination project and summer weather impacts on financials were among the key topics management discussed at the water and wastewater utility giant.
Motley Fool  Nov 5  Comment 
The water and wastewater utility giant posts another quarter of solid operational results and continues its acquisitive ways.
Forbes  Oct 6  Comment 
In trading on Thursday, shares of American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $70.56 per share. We define oversold territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a technical...
Motley Fool  Oct 6  Comment 
Water stocks are attractive investments -- and the water utility industry's largest player makes a particularly sparkling long-term investment.
CNNMoney.com  Sep 29  Comment 
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Motley Fool  Sep 7  Comment 
The water utility's stock has been gushing powerful returns, but how safe is its dividend?


In 2003, a German utility company (RWE) purchased American Waterworks as they attempted to break into the US water utility market. The plan was to implement cost controls and thereby reduce expenses in order to recognize greater profits. What ended up happening was a mismanagement of the firm resulting in tense relationships with regulators across the country, and a company with significant needs for capital expenditures in order to strengthen the utility’s infrastructure. In late 2005 began the process of instituting new management in preparation for a divestiture of the business.

As reported in the 2009 annual report, American Water is still saddled with $1.2 billion in debt from RWE's acquisition.

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