8. California Water Service Group ( CWT) is a holding company of several water utilities, providing regulated and non-regulated water services in California, New Mexico and Washington.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 33 cents per share during 2010 fourth quarter, compared to earnings of 31 cents per share in the year-ago period. The company is likely to report earnings per share of $1.90 for 2010 and $2.16 for 2011.

The stock will likely provide an upside of 14% over the next 12 months with a consensus target price of $41.3, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg. On the other hand, Aqua America, American Water Works, and Artesian Resources ( ARTNA) are expected to return around -1%, 7% and 9%, respectively.

Of the seven analysts covering the stock, two recommend buying and five suggest holding.

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