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.

WTR was given price targets by several analysts. The maximum price target given was 38, implying a possible profit of 13.98 percent. The most pessimistic price target was 27, implying potential capital losses of -19.02 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. 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. 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. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, 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.

Analysts estimate earnings of WTR to grow at a rate of 3.97 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. Wall Street investors typically prefer a PEG ratio to be smaller than 1, but many choose to perform ratio comparisons with other companies in the industry. WTR has a PEG ratio of 6.46.

WTR has traded between a high of 34.86 and a low of 28.03 over the past year. Currently the stock is 18.94 percent higher than its low, and 4.36 percent below the high. WTR has a price/earnings 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 market cap of WTR is $5.94 billion. WTR's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.