Trade-Ideas: Watts Water Technologies (WTS) Is Today's Strong And Under The Radar Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Watts Water Technologies ( WTS) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Watts Water Technologies as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WTS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $11.2 million.
  • WTS is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • WTS has a PE ratio of 36.6.
  • WTS is mentioned 0.45 times per day on StockTwits.
  • WTS has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • WTS is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • WTS is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • WTS is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • WTS is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on WTS:

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells various water safety and flow control products for the water quality, water conservation, water safety, and water flow control markets in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. WTS has a PE ratio of 36.6. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Watts Water Technologies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Watts Water Technologies has been 178,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Watts Water has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The stock has a beta of 1.47 and a short float of 4.7% with 8.93 days to cover. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Watts Water Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.30, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, WTS has a quick ratio of 1.53, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 54.58% to $37.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -24.47%.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 13.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC reported lower earnings of $1.71 versus $1.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.67 versus $1.71).

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