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.

Several price targets were given for WTR by the analysts covering the stock. The maximum price target given was 38, which equates to a potential upside of 13.98 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 27, implying a possible loss of -19.02 percent. It is advisable to not rely only on price targets or ratings, as these can be biased for some stocks.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is 0 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.73 percent in FY estimates.

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. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, while 2 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

Analysts estimate earnings of WTR to grow at a rate of 3.97 percent. It's possible to gain additional insight about growth valuation of a company by looking at 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, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. WTR has a PEG ratio of 6.46.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WTR hit 34.86 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 28.03. The current market price is above the trailing year's low by 18.94 percent, and below the high by 4.36 percent. 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.