Aqua America (WTR) Receiving Favorable Media Coverage, Accern Reports

Media coverage about Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) has been trending positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Aqua America earned a media sentiment score of 0.33 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.5562324607844 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Argus raised their target price on shares of Aqua America from $37.00 to $41.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Aqua America in a research report on Sunday, October 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aqua America from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $43.00 target price on shares of Aqua America in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Barclays lifted their price objective on shares of Aqua America from $36.00 to $38.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $38.67.

Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) traded down $0.04 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $37.55. 583,320 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 551,286. The company has a current ratio of 0.55, a quick ratio of 0.48 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market cap of $6,670.00, a PE ratio of 28.02, a PEG ratio of 4.98 and a beta of 0.59. Aqua America has a one year low of $29.41 and a one year high of $38.20.

Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The utilities provider reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43. The company had revenue of $215.01 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $234.40 million. Aqua America had a net margin of 29.38% and a return on equity of 12.49%. Aqua America’s quarterly revenue was down 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.41 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that Aqua America will post 1.36 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a dec 17 dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th were paid a dividend of $0.2047 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 2.3%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 16th. Aqua America’s dividend payout ratio is presently 61.65%.

In other Aqua America news, VP David Smeltzer sold 10,000 shares of Aqua America stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.36, for a total value of $363,600.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 71,397 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,595,994.92. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. In the last 90 days, insiders have bought 75,500 shares of company stock valued at $11,325. 0.25% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About Aqua America

Aqua America, Inc is a holding company. The Company is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. The Company is the holding company for its primary subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc Its market-based activities are conducted through Aqua Resources, Inc (Aqua Resources) and Aqua Infrastructure, LLC (Aqua Infrastructure).

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