- WAT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $71.7 million.
- WAT has traded 7,834 shares today.
- WAT is trading at a new lifetime high.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get the inside scoop on opportunities in WAT with the Ticky from Trade-Ideas. See the FREE profile for WAT NOW at Trade-Ideas More details on WAT: Waters Corporation operates as an analytical instrument manufacturer in the United States and internationally. WAT has a PE ratio of 24. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Waters a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold. The average volume for Waters has been 498,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Waters has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.71 and a short float of 4.2% with 5.64 days to cover. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. TheStreetRatings.com Analysis: TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Waters 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, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.82, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.62, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- WATERS CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, WATERS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $5.65 versus $5.09 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.35 versus $5.65).
- After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that WAT's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
- Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $159.89 million or 3.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 3.42%, WATERS CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 114.09%.
- You can view the full Waters Ratings Report.
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