Analyst Ratings for Aqua America Inc. (WTR)

Updated: 2017-07-28

Aqua America Inc. (NYSE:WTR) was awarded an average rating of Overweight from investment analysts following the stock. A consensus rating of Overweight was previously issued for WTR last month.

Of the 12 analysts covering the stock, 5 gave it a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 5 issued a hold rating, 1 issued an underweight rating, and 1 issued a sell rating. Compared to three months ago, there has been an decrease of 1 in the number of analysts with a positive outlook on the stock. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 0.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for WTR. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 38, implying a possible profit of 13.98 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 27, implying potential capital losses of -19.02 percent. Some investors take price targets and stock ratings with a grain of salt, knowing that some analysts can have indirect business with the stocks they cover.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. That number becomes 0 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.73 percent.

Another thing investors often look at is the level of agreement among analysts' revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Over the same time period, 0 analysts revised their FY earnings estimates upwards, compared to 2 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of WTR's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 3.97 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. Investors like to see smaller values for the PEG ratio, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, even though it may be more relevant to compare the ratio to that of a firm's competitors. The PEG ratio of WTR is 6.46.

In the last 52-weeks, WTR has achieved a high of 34.86 and a low of 28.03. Today's price is 18.94 percent above the 52-week low, and 4.36 percent lower than its 52-week high. WTR has a P/E ratio of 25.65. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WTR value stock report compares WTR to some of its peers using value stock charts. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.94 billion. WTR's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.