American States Water Company

  • Should You Buy This 4% Yielding Small Cap Stock?

    By Bob Ciura - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, MCY, PETS

    Imagine a small-cap stock with a well-known brand name that pays a 4% dividend at recent prices. Consider, too, that this stock recently increased its dividend and has climbed 50% in price just since the beginning of 2013.

    Although you might be tempted to call me crazy, one such stock does actually exist. Is this stock too good to be true? Or are there underlying risks investors need to first more »

  • Stocks with Bond-like Qualities

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, KO, XOM, WMT

    Bonds are generally considered to be safer than stocks. Bonds are usually tied to company assets and creditors are generally higher up the food chain than ordinary shareholders when it comes to company liquidation and asset disposal. Having said that, there are some companies on the market with stocks that come with bond-like qualities, like Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and America States Water (NYSE: AWRmore »)

  • These Small Cap Companies Are Dividend Legends

    By Bob Ciura - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, DBD, OMI

    Income investors know how valuable dividend payments are. Reinvested dividends have made up a huge portion of a stocks’ total return over the course of many decades. That’s why so many investors take those quarterly checks very seriously.

    When investors think of dividend stocks, they usually revert to the mega-cap blue chip stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the S&P 500 Index. While those more »

  • Is There Still Time to Buy Into the Ultimate Defensive Portfolio?

    By Rupert Hargreaves - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, CSV, RAI, WMT

    Back in January, surrounded by uncertainty in the market, I put together an article called the ultimate defensive portfolio, highlighting four stocks that I believed would protect any investor against market tantrums and provide a decent return no matter what happened in the wider market.

    Nearly seven months on and the market has hit new all-times highs followed by extreme volatility and 300+ point moves to the downside. Despite all more »

  • Volatility Will Rise, Avoid It With These Stocks

    By Reuben Brewer - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    “Slower growth suggests that market volatility will rise,” says BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist Russ Koesterich. Despite that, he suggests buying stocks. To avoid the inherent risk in stocks, look for low-beta necessity stocks like American Water Works (NYSE: AWK), Aqua America (NYSE: WTR), and American States Water (NYSE: AWR).

    What's an investor to do?

    The stock market is hovering around all time highs. Bond yields are hovering around more »

  • Three Ultra-defensive Stocks for Your Portfolio

    By Rupert Hargreaves - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, CLH, STON

    There is nothing wrong with having a defensive, low growth dog in your portfolio. However, there is something wrong if you do not have a defensive dog in your portfolio that provides a solid backbone with which to construct a portfolio of long-term, buy-and-hold style securities.

    The best place to find these solid defensive stocks is in industries that will always be in demand, in particular the ultra-defensive industries of more »

  • What Makes The Water Utility Industry Profitable

    By Victor Selva - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, SBS

    Water utilities' business models have allowed companies to maintain high growth under a very uncertain economic outlook. Also, relatively high regular distributions of dividends have made them particularly appealing to investors.

    Opportunity in Brazil

    Companhia de Saneamento Basico - SABESP (NYSE: SBS) - provides water and sewerage services, along with waste management, in the City of São Paulo.

    Brazil is one of the largest developing economies in the world. Even if its more »

  • 5 Small-Cap Momentum Plays for Dividend Investors

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: ARCP, AWR, OTTR, PNM, UNS

    Recently, we wrote about investing in large-and medium-cap momentum stocks as a way to complement traditional investment strategies focused on value and growth. Dividend investors can also complement their investment strategies with momentum stocks, with a focus on strong total returns. Based on AQR Capital Management’s momentum methodology, which measures the stocks total returns (including reinvested dividends) over the past 12 months (excluding the last month), here is a more »

  • These Stocks Are Giving Investors Big Pay Raises

    By Bob Ciura - May 25, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, BRS, NOV

    Income investors, rejoice: dividend payouts continue to get bigger for many of America’s best businesses. Investors who prefer to receive income from their stocks take those quarterly checks seriously, and for good reason. History has shown that some of the market’s best-performing stocks over long periods of time are dividend payers.

    Even better are those stocks whose businesses are so rock-solid that they don’t just pay dividends more »

  • Are Water Utilities Appealing to Investors?

    By Victor Selva - May 15, 2013 | Tickers: AWR

    The water utilities business models have allowed companies to maintain high growth under a very uncertain economic outlook. Also, they are relatively regular distributions of dividends which makes them particularly appealing to investors. I present below four companies, one from Brazil and the other three based in the US.

    American States Water Co (NYSE: AWR) is a California based public utility company engaged in the purchase, production, distribution and sale more »

  • This Earth Day Week: You Can Have Your Conscience & Count Your Profits, Too!

    By BA McKenna - April 27, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, NEE, VMI

    In honor of Earth Day, which was Monday, this article is for those who would rather not invest in the Big Oils such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, and BP Plc. Though I'm using the oil companies here, the point is universal: You don't have to choose between investing in industries or companies with which you have ethical issues or settling for lesser returns than those with no such qualms more »

  • 5 Small-Cap Stocks Raising Dividends for 45 or More Consecutive Years

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 24, 2013 | Tickers: ABM, AWR, CWT, NWN, SJW

    Small-cap investing entails higher risks than investing in large-cap blue chip companies, but there are many ways that your peers are beating the market in this space. Still, for dividend investors, investing in small-cap stocks with an impeccable record of dividend growth that stretches over several decades provides a degree of safety and regularity of ever-increasing income flows. Like their large-cap counterparts, some small-cap stocks boast consistent earnings power through more »

  • The Ultimate Monopoly Industry -- And There Are No Substitutes

    By BA McKenna - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    Let's toast to an average 40% total annual return on three stocks with an average price volatility less than one-third the overall stock market's. Our toasting beverage is water -- the product of our winning stocks, American States Water (NYSE: AWR), Aqua America (NYSE: WTR), and American Water Works (NYSE: AWK).  

    First, a look at the returns the water utilities have been pouring out  -- and then why water stocks more »

  • Should You Follow Insiders Into This Water Company?

    By Anh HOANG - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, CWT

    Insiders are getting quite bullish about California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT). On March 5, around 19 insiders of the company, including CEO and Chairman Peter Nelson and COO Martin Kropelnicki, bought 690,000 shares in total, with a total transaction value of more than $1.4 million. Since the middle of November 2012, California Water's stock has kept rising, from $17.30 per share to nearly $20.80 more »

  • Looking Past a Nice Dividend

    By Grant Hosticka - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, DE, NAT

    I'm going to compare two completely different stocks, Deere & Co (NYSE: DE) and Nordic American Tanker Limited (NYSE: NAT), that I bought about 3 years ago as my first endeavor into the market (Both Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs)). Deere has done marvelously tripling my investment; Nordic, on the other hand, has gone in the opposite direction with about 2/3 of that investment gone. On the bright side, I more »

  • In a World of Scarce Resources, Consider these Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - February 13, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, ADM, DE, MON

    The human population was estimated to be nearly 7 billion in 2011 by The World Bank.  Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the number to be slightly higher than that.  The world’s population keeps growing, and emerging economies continue to develop.  As a result, commodity prices have risen in recent years and are likely to keep rising over time.  With that in mind, the following companies have more »

  • The Ultimate Defensive Portfolio

    By Rupert Hargreaves - January 29, 2013 | Tickers: AWR, CSV, RAI, WMT

    "'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." - Benjamin Franklin

    It is a fact of life that these two things are always certain at some point going to happen to someone. Although, I want to add two more points – food and water.

    Food, Water, Death and Taxes would then form the ultimate defensive portfolio.  However, the only way to reap rewards from Taxes would more »

  • Invest in the Most Scarce Resource: Water

    By Joshua Bondy - December 22, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, CWT, CTWS, MSEX

    Food, water, shelter are listed as the three necessities of human life. How often have you thought of investing in water? Investing in water may not bring overnight riches but it is a sustainable resource that cannot be easily substituted. The United States has a number of water-based utilities that offer a stable and consistent investment.

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  • Blue Gold

    By Ryan Guenette - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR

    A SWOT analysis is a look at a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and is a tremendous way to gain a detailed and thorough perspective on a company and its future. As the 2012 year draws to a close, I would like to pinpoint on a leader in the water industry, American Water Works (NYSE: AWK).

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    • Predictable Business Model: American Water provides drinking water, wastewater, and other more »
  • Water, Water, Everywhere- Ideas In Water Utilities & Beyond

    By Steve Van - November 15, 2012 | Tickers: AWR, AWK, WTR, BMI, CWT, ITRI, KEX, LNN, MWA, XYL

    “Water, water, everywhere,
    Nor any drop to drink.”
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Seeing the devastation from Hurricane Sandy brought to mind this famous verse, which in turn got me thinking about ways to invest in one of the essentials of human life-water. We drink it, bathe in it, grow & prepare food with it, and even use it for transportation and recreation. I am confident more »

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