7. York Water ( YORW) is engaged in impounding, purifying, and distributing water in York Country and Adams County in Pennsylvania.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the company to report earnings of 17 cents per share during 2010 fourth quarter, compared to 16 cents per share in the year-ago period. York Water is likely to report earnings per share of 71 cents for 2010 and 76 cents for 2011, up from 64 cents reported for 2009.

The stock surged around 31% over the past one year, surpassing competitors. American Water Works, Aqua America and SJW Corp. returned around 6.0%, 4.1% and -8.2% during the same period.

Of the four analysts covering the stock, one recommends buying and three suggest holding. Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect the stock to rise an average 17% over the next 12 months.

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