Aqua America Inc. (NYSE:WTR) has been recommended as a long term growth pick according to Beta Research. With their stock price currently trading around $29.79, the firm has proven a solid track record of growth over the past few years. Investors might consider the stock as a long term growth candidate as the firm has yielded 10.90% earnings per share growth over the past 5 years and 4.30% revenue growth over that same time frame.
Long-term growth (LTG) is an investing strategy where a stock will (hopefully) grow in value for a relatively long period of time. Long-term growth should be considered to be a relative term, due to different styles and goals of investors, but the endgame is the same.
A “buy-and-hold” investor will consider long-term growth as a longer time period then a day trader will. The buy-and-hold strategy looks ahead farther into the future, giving short-term price swings less consideration as long as the fundamentals stay the same. A trader is looking more closely at a weekly, or shorter, time frame and is more interested in immediate price fluctuations.
Let’s take a look at how the stock has been performing recently. Over the past twelve months, Aqua America Inc. (NYSE:WTR)’s stock was 7.43%. Over the last week of the month, it was 4.79%, 3.10% over the last quarter, and -3.58% for the past six months.
Over the past 50 days, Aqua America Inc.’s stock is -6.12% off of the high and 6.98% removed from the low. Their 52-Week High and Low are as follows: -15.81% (High), 7.58%, (Low).
Despite the past success, investors want to know where the stock is headed from here. Analysts covering the shares have a consensus short-term price target of $33.86 on the equity. Analysts have a consensus recommendation of 2.50 based on a 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.
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