10. Middlesex Water ( MSEX) treats, stores and distributes water for residential, commercial, industrial and fire control purposes and is under contract of municipal and private clients in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 15 cents per share during 2010 fourth quarter, compared to earnings of 12 cents per share in the year-ago and quarter-ago periods. The company is likely to report earnings per share of 94 cents for 2010 and 95 cents for 2011, compared to earnings of 72 cents per share for 2009. The stock offers a dividend yield of 4.3%, higher than its larger competitors. American Water Works ( AWK), Aqua America ( WTR) and SJW ( SJW) have dividend yields of 3.7%, 2.9% and 2.8%, respectively. Of the three analysts covering the stock, one recommends buying and two rate holding. The average price target of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg is $20.5, 14% higher than the stock's current level.