Aqua America stock: buy or sell?

WTR stock price: $51.67 -2.62% At close on February 24th, 2020

Updated on:
February 24th, 2020

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Aqua America fell -2.62% on Feb 24th to $51.67 after reaching all time highs on Feb/18. With February/24 it's been 4 sliding days in a row, loosing $-2.40 (-4.47%).

Aqua America, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water or wastewater services in the United States.

Should I buy Aqua America stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. That's why is so important to define your own trading strategy that fits your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, Aqua America stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean WTR will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Aqua America stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for WTR stock for the last 30 days.

Aqua America stock analysis

Daily outlook

After marking all time highs on Feb/18, Aqua America fell -2.62% to $51.67.

Aqua America fell -2.62% on Feb/24 to $51.67 after marking all time highs on February/18. On November WTR price bounced up over the SMA of 100 days demonstrating to be a significant support for this stock. On Feb 18th, WTR hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on February tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.

WTR stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Aqua America shares eased -2.62% late February, ending at $51.67. By mid January WTR climbed an outstanding 7.43% in just one week.

Aqua America stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, WTR might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Not so far away is the last all-time high Aqua America marked by mid February. Late April 2019, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 36.55%. Since price and SMA20w lines crossed up late November 2019, WTR climbed $8.45 (19.55%).

WTR stock chart (weekly)

Aqua America stock price history

Aqua America IPO was on May 13th, 1985 at $0.00 per share1. Since then, WTR stock surged a inf%, with a yearly average of inf%. If you had invested right after WTR's IPO a $1,000 in Aqua America stock in 1985, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Aqua America stock historical price chart

WTR stock reached all-time highs on February 18th with a price of $54.52.

Aqua America stock price target

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last month we have not detected any price target for Aqua America stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Aqua America let down analysts when it reported an Earnings per Share (EPS) of $0.31 when the analysts' forecast was $0.32.
WTR earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/a0.27n/a
2017-Q2-n/a0.34n/a
2017-Q32017-10-310.430.430.0%
2017-Q42018-02-270.310.323.2%
2018-Q12018-05-080.290.290.0%
2018-Q22018-08-010.360.372.8%
2018-Q32018-11-050.430.442.3%
2018-Q42019-02-180.320.31-3.1%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a nice increase of 3.53% to $838.09 million dollars. Nonetheless, its income margin (compared to sales) fell to 22.91%, that is $191.99 million.

WTR annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$769 M-$205 M26.7%-
2014$780 M1.47%$233 M29.9%13.78%
2015$814 M4.40%$202 M24.8%-13.48%
2016$820 M0.70%$234 M28.6%16.05%
2017$810 M-1.26%$240 M29.6%2.37%
2018$838 M3.53%$192 M22.9%-19.92%

Quarterly financial results

Aqua America reported $205.75 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a -9.02% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $-3.66 million with a profit margin of -1.78%. Profit margin plummed a -36.37% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 34.59%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Aqua America sales marked a tiny gain and stepped up a 1.20%.
WTR quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$188 M-$49 M26.1%-
2017-Q2$203 M8.32%$61 M30.0%24.25%
2017-Q3$215 M5.70%$76 M35.5%25.02%
2017-Q4$203 M-5.44%$53 M26.3%-29.85%
2018-Q1$194 M-4.41%$51 M26.2%-4.93%
2018-Q2$212 M9.01%$67 M31.4%30.98%
2018-Q3$226 M6.74%$78 M34.6%17.46%
2018-Q4$206 M-9.02%$-4 M-1.8%-104.68%

Aqua America ownership

When you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Aqua America, of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

For a better understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

WTR
Market cap$0.0 M
Total shares0.0 M
Float shares0.0 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)0.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.0%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Aqua America summary

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Open$52.53
Close$51.67
Day range$51.66 - $52.91
Previous close$53.06
Session gain-2.62%
Average true range$0.82
50d mov avg$49.43
100d mov avg$46.91
200d mov avg$44.14
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt06a

Aqua America performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. In the following table, we compare Aqua America performance to :
Stock3m6m12m
WTRAqua America17.25%17.81%46.54%

Aqua America competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Aqua America competitor. This doesn't mean Aqua America does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.