Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE:WTRG) went up by 1.35% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $54.52. The company’s stock price has collected -1.81% of loss in the last five trading sessions. Press Release reported 15 hours ago that Aqua Pennsylvania Reaches Agreement With Lower Makefield Twp. to Purchase Municipal Wastewater System Serving Approximately 11,800 Wastewater Connections
Is It Worth Investing in Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE :WTRG) Right Now?
Essential Utilities Inc. (NYSE:WTRG) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 34.68 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for WTRG is at 0.47. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 6 analysts out of 12 who provided ratings for Essential Utilities Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 1 rated the stock as “overweight,” 5 rated it as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”
The average price from analysts is $48.90, which is $9.95 above the current price. WTRG currently public float of 244.77M and currently shorts hold a 5.23% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of WTRG was 1.13M shares.
WTRG’s Market Performance
WTRG stocks went down by -1.81% for the week, with a monthly drop of -9.77% and a quarterly performance of -4.15%, while its annual performance rate touched -13.28%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 2.60% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 2.64% for Essential Utilities Inc.. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is -3.74% for WTRG stocks with a simple moving average of -11.98% for the last 200 days.
Analysts’ Opinion of WTRG
Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for WTRG stocks, with Wells Fargo repeating the rating for WTRG by listing it as a “Overweight.” The predicted price for WTRG in the upcoming period, according to Wells Fargo is $45 based on the research report published on September 14th of the current year 2020.
Barclays gave a rating of “Equal Weight” to WTRG, setting the target price at $45 in the report published on July 15th of the current year.
WTRG Trading at -9.68% from the 50-Day Moving Average
After a stumble in the market that brought WTRG to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -28.37% of loss for the given period.
Volatility was left at 2.64%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.60%, as shares sank -8.38% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -9.27% lower at present.
During the last 5 trading sessions, WTRG fell by -1.81%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -13.93% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $40.39. In addition, Essential Utilities Inc. saw -16.81% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further losses.
Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at WTRG starting from Franklin Chris, who sale 21,869 shares at the price of $46.50 back on Aug 07. After this action, Franklin Chris now owns 144,768 shares of Essential Utilities Inc., valued at $1,016,909 using the latest closing price.
FOX RICHARD SCOTT, the Chief Operating Officer of Essential Utilities Inc., sale 1,000 shares at $45.00 during a trade that took place back on Jul 22, which means that FOX RICHARD SCOTT is holding 26,734 shares at $45,000 based on the most recent closing price.
Stock Fundamentals for WTRG
Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:
- +40.76 for the present operating margin
- +47.50 for the gross margin
The net margin for Essential Utilities Inc. stands at +25.24. The total capital return value is set at 6.28, while invested capital returns managed to touch 3.99. Equity return is now at value 6.60, with 2.50 for asset returns.
Based on Essential Utilities Inc. (WTRG), the company’s capital structure generated 79.83 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 44.39. Total debt to assets is 32.76, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 76.14. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 42.34.
Currently, EBITDA for the company is 218.41M with total debt to EBITDA at 5.94. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 12.77, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.27. The receivables turnover for the company is 8.52 and the total asset turnover is 0.11. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 6.31.