Waters Stock Price, News & Analysis (NYSE:WAT)

$210.99 -3.78 (-1.76 %)
(As of 01/24/2018 04:22 AM ET)
Previous Close$214.77
Today's Range$206.62 - $218.72
52-Week Range$137.72 - $218.72
Volume1.04 million shs
Average Volume532,473 shs
Market Capitalization$16.78 billion
P/E Ratio31.12
Dividend YieldN/A

About Waters (NYSE:WAT)

Waters logoWaters Corporation is an analytical instrument manufacturer. The Company operates through two segments: Waters and TA. It designs, manufactures, sells and services high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC and together with HPLC, referred to as LC) and mass spectrometry (MS) technology systems and support products, including chromatography columns, other consumable products and post-warranty service plans. It also designs, manufactures, sells and services thermal analysis, rheometry and calorimetry instruments through its TA product line. It is also a developer and supplier of software-based products that interface with the Company's instruments, as well as other suppliers' instruments. Its LC and LC-MS instruments are utilized in a range of industries to detect, identify, monitor and measure the chemical, physical and biological composition of materials, and to purify a range of compounds.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry Advanced Medical Equipment & Technology
Sub-IndustryLife Sciences Tools & Services


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.66%
Current Ratio6.16%
Quick Ratio5.71%


Trailing P/E Ratio31.1194690265487
Forward P/E Ratio28.44
P/E Growth2.82

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$2.17 billion
Price / Sales7.74
Cash Flow$7.90 per share
Price / Cash26.72
Book Value$28.57 per share
Price / Book7.39


Trailing EPS$6.78
Net Income$521.50 million
Net Margins24.34%
Return on Equity23.61%
Return on Assets11.84%


Outstanding Shares79,530,000

Waters (NYSE:WAT) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Waters' stock symbol?

Waters trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WAT."

How will Waters' stock buyback program work?

Waters announced that its board has authorized a share repurchase plan on Sunday, June 4th 2017, which permits the company to buyback $1,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization permits the company to purchase up to 7.3% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are often an indication that the company's board believes its shares are undervalued.

How were Waters' earnings last quarter?

Waters Co. (NYSE:WAT) posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January, 23rd. The medical instruments supplier reported $2.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $2.44 by $0.07. The medical instruments supplier earned $687.28 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $671.98 million. Waters had a return on equity of 23.61% and a net margin of 24.34%. The company's quarterly revenue was up 9.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $2.21 earnings per share. View Waters' Earnings History.

Where is Waters' stock going? Where will Waters' stock price be in 2018?

15 analysts have issued 12-month price objectives for Waters' stock. Their forecasts range from $175.00 to $230.00. On average, they expect Waters' share price to reach $195.93 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Waters.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Waters stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Waters stock:

  • 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Waters Corp. has an excellent earnings history, having surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters. Going forward, the company believes that stable demand from pharmaceutical business, steady recurring revenues, strength in Asia and modest recovery in industrial markets will accelerate its momentum. Based on these dynamics, the company is expecting strong mid-single-digit constant currency sales increase. Even the government and academic markets have returned to the growth track after sustained weakness. However, the company’s growth will likely be hindered by contracting demand in the Americas. Waters Corp. also intends to increase its spending on research and development in the coming quarters, which, although beneficial in the long run, will push expenses higher and hurt immediate profits. Further, shares of Waters Corp. have underperformed the industry’s average return over past six months." (1/6/2018)
  • 2. Deutsche Bank AG analysts commented, "needle-movers" that could generate growth for the next year.Finally, the increase in Leonard's price target merely reflects an expansion in the peer multiple and a six-month roll-forward of his valuation period.Related Links:Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For July 10, 2017Pressure Biosciences CEO On Its Beaten Down Stock: 'We Can Now Begin To Focus On The Area That Is Most Important'______Image Credit: By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Posted-In: Dan Leonard Deutsche Bank ToolsAnalyst Color Downgrades Price Target Analyst Ratings Tech Best of Benzinga © 2017 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.   Related Articles (WAT) Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For July 10, 2017 View Comments and Join the Discussion! View the discussion thread. document.write('') Newsletter & Alerts Become a Wall-Street Wizard. Market in 5 Minutes Everything you need to know about the market - quick & easy. Daily Analyst Rating A summary of each day’s top rating changes from sell-side analysts on the street. FinTech Focus Yesterday’s biggest gainers and losers. As well as 10 stocks to keep an eye on for Today TERMS & CONDITIONS Thank You for registering for Benzinga’s newsletters and alerts. • The Daily Analysts Ratings email will be received daily between 7am and 10am. • The Market in 5 Minutes email will be received daily between 7am and 8am. • The Fintech Focus email will be received every Friday between 2pm and 5pm. If you have any questions as it relates to either of the three newsletters, please feel free to contact us at 1-877-440-ZING. Trending Recent 1 TSLA: Oppenheimer's Chart Expert Says The $290-$300 Range For Tesla's St... 2 NRG, LITB: 22 Stocks Moving In Monday's Pre-Market Session 3 COL, MET: 6 Stocks To Watch For July 10, 2017 4 WBA, RAD: Amended Deal With Rite Aid Has Leerink More Cautiou... 5 BIDU, NVDA: Nvidia, Baidu And AI 6 FNSR, APA: Barron's Picks And Pans: Ap... 7 JPM, C: Your Big Bank Q2 Earnings... 1 JNPR: Juniper Shares Are Ripe For A Turnaround; BMO Upgrades To Outperform 2 AMTD, GS: JJ Kinahan: Big Bank Earnings At Risk In Tough Rate Environment 3 TSLA, JNJ: Podcast: How, When, And Why Screeners Can Help Your Research 4 NFLX: Netflix Shares Setting Up Nicely Into Q2 Results 5 BIIB, BIVV: Cowen Upgrades Bioverativ Shares To Outperfor... 6 KOOL, HCOM: Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Abercr... 7 M, AMZN: Breaking Down Retailers'... View upcoming Earnings, Ratings, Dividend and Economic Calendars. Benzinga is a fast-growing, dynamic and innovative financial media outlet that empowers investors with high-quality, unique content. Popular ChannelsAnalyst RatingsBe Your Own BossETFsEconomicsForexHotNewsOptionsPress ReleasesStart-upsTechTools & FeaturesAffiliate ProgramPreMarket PrepFeedsNews WidgetReal Time FeedSitemapSubmit News TipsAbout BenzingaAbout UsLicensing and APIsApps (iOS and Android)Fintech AwardsBlogSyndicationIn the NewsCareersService StatusContact UsDisclaimerPrivacy PolicyTerms and Conditions Benzinga Partners 1 (877) 440-9464 (ZING) © Copyright Benzinga Benzinga - Feed Your Mind try pro News Markets Ratings Ideas Tech Small-Cap Personal Finance Premium Products Are Prime Day 2017 Deals As Good As Black Friday Or Prime Day 2016?