Aqua America (WTR) Earning Positive Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media headlines about Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) have been trending positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Aqua America earned a news sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the utilities provider an impact score of 60 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Aqua America (NYSE WTR) traded up 0.21% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $33.41. The company had a trading volume of 393,040 shares. The firm has a market capitalization of $5.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.60 and a beta of 0.53. Aqua America has a 52-week low of $28.03 and a 52-week high of $34.84. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $33.27 and a 200 day moving average price of $31.97.

Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 3rd. The utilities provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.02. Aqua America had a net margin of 28.41% and a return on equity of 12.62%. The company had revenue of $187.79 million for the quarter. Analysts expect that Aqua America will post $1.36 earnings per share for the current year.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Aqua America from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. BidaskClub cut Aqua America from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Northcoast Research started coverage on Aqua America in a research note on Thursday, May 25th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $32.25.

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In other news, COO Richard Scott Fox sold 5,750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $32.89, for a total value of $189,117.50. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 18,788 shares in the company, valued at approximately $617,937.32. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Richard H. Glanton sold 4,200 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $32.83, for a total transaction of $137,886.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,207 shares in the company, valued at $72,455.81. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.25% of the company’s stock.

Aqua America Company Profile

Aqua America, Inc is a holding company. The Company is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. The Company is the holding company for its primary subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc Its market-based activities are conducted through Aqua Resources, Inc (Aqua Resources) and Aqua Infrastructure, LLC (Aqua Infrastructure).

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