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 price target was 38, implying potential capital gains of 13.98 percent. The minimum price target given was 27, implying potential capital losses of -19.02 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 0 percent. Over the past 30 days, FY earnings estimates have also changed upwards by 0 percent. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.73 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 0 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, while 0 analysts revised their estimates downwards. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts decreased their estimates.

The growth rate of WTR's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 3.97 percent. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. 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. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, 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 trailing 52-weeks, WTR hit 34.86 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 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 will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.