Deutsche Bank raised the price target for the Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) stock to “a Hold”. The rating was released on December 14, 2022, according to finviz. The research report from UBS has initiated the stock to Neutral, with a price target set at $349. The stock was initiated by Barclays, who disclosed in a research note on May 18, 2022, to Overweight and set the price objective to $375. In their research brief published May 17, 2022, BofA Securities analysts upgraded the Waters Corporation stock from Underperform to Neutral with a price target of $330.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) dipped -2.70% to close Friday’s market session at $298.97, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $298.54 and $307.39 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 739518 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 356.23K shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated -1.96% within the last five trades and -11.26% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 1.09% in the last 6 months and -13.08% was subtracted to its value over the previous 3 months. WAT stock is trading at a margin of -5.01%, -8.76% and -6.98% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
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As of the close of trading, WAT deals in the Healthcare domain. The stock is trading -18.98 percent below its 52-week high and 12.56 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is -12.54. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does Waters Corporation’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 29.40 percent and the profit margin is 23.80 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 58.00 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $17.88 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio for Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) is 25.46. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 21.16. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 6.01 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 35.17, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 0.10 percent of Waters Corporation shares are owned by insiders, and 91.40 percent are held by financial institutions. VERGNANO MARK P, the Director at Waters Corporation (WAT) has bought 3,185 shares of firm on Feb 28 at a price of $313.32 against the total amount of $1.0 million. In another inside trade, CONARD EDWARD, Director of Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) sold 1,059 shares of the firm on Nov 30 for a total worth of $0.35 million at a price of $334.70. An inside trade which took place on May 19, Director of Waters Corporation KUEBLER CHRISTOPHER A sold 4,000 shares of firm against total price of $1.32 million at the cost of $328.78 per share.