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NYSE:WTRG

Essential Utilities (WTRG) Stock Price, News & Analysis

$35.46
+0.60 (+1.72%)
(As of 05:13 PM ET)
Today's Range
$34.67
$35.56
50-Day Range
$34.19
$38.66
52-Week Range
$32.07
$45.29
Volume
1.18 million shs
Average Volume
1.85 million shs
Market Capitalization
$9.69 billion
P/E Ratio
19.06
Dividend Yield
3.47%
Price Target
$47.00

Essential Utilities MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Buy
3.00 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
29.0% Upside
$45.75 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
2.18% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Strong
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-2.18
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
0.94mentions of Essential Utilities in the last 14 days
Based on 7 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
N/A
Proj. Earnings Growth
6.00%
From $2.00 to $2.12 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.88 out of 5 stars

Utilities Sector

6th out of 87 stocks

Water Supply Industry

1st out of 12 stocks


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About Essential Utilities Stock (NYSE:WTRG)

Essential Utilities, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water, wastewater, or natural gas services in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Water and Regulated Natural Gas segments. It offers water services through operating and maintenance contract with municipal authorities and other parties. The company also provides non-utility raw water supply services for firms in the natural gas drilling industry; and water and sewer line protection solutions, and repair services to households. It serves approximately 8.8 million residential water, commercial water, fire protection, industrial water, wastewater, and other water and utility customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky under the Aqua and Peoples brands. The company was formerly known as Aqua America, Inc. and changed its name to Essential Utilities, Inc. in February 2020. Essential Utilities, Inc. was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

WTRG Stock Price History

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Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 3/1 Dividend
2/08/2024
Last Earnings
2/23/2024
Dividend Payable
3/01/2024
Today
3/04/2024
Next Earnings (Estimated)
5/13/2024
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2024

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Sector
Utilities
Industry
Water supply
Sub-Industry
N/A
Employees
3,258
Year Founded
N/A

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
$47.00
High Stock Price Target
$54.00
Low Stock Price Target
$42.00
Potential Upside/Downside
+34.8%
Consensus Rating
Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
3.00
Research Coverage
4 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$498.23 million
Pretax Margin
21.02%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$2.05 billion
Cash Flow
$3.08 per share
Book Value
$21.58 per share

Miscellaneous

Free Float
272,806,000
Market Cap
$9.53 billion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.81
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WTRG Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Essential Utilities stock right now?

5 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Essential Utilities in the last year. There are currently 5 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "buy" WTRG shares.
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What is Essential Utilities' stock price target for 2024?

5 analysts have issued twelve-month target prices for Essential Utilities' shares. Their WTRG share price targets range from $42.00 to $54.00. On average, they anticipate the company's share price to reach $45.75 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 29.0% from the stock's current price.
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How have WTRG shares performed in 2024?

Essential Utilities' stock was trading at $37.35 on January 1st, 2024. Since then, WTRG stock has decreased by 5.1% and is now trading at $35.46.
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Are investors shorting Essential Utilities?

Essential Utilities saw a increase in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totaling 5,760,000 shares, an increase of 10.8% from the January 15th total of 5,200,000 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,670,000 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.4 days.
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When is Essential Utilities' next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Monday, May 13th 2024.
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How were Essential Utilities' earnings last quarter?

Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE:WTRG) issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February, 23rd. The company reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.01. The company earned $479.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $708.50 million. Essential Utilities had a net margin of 24.26% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 8.68%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was down 32.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.44 EPS.

How often does Essential Utilities pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Essential Utilities?

Essential Utilities declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, February 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 10th will be given a dividend of $0.3071 per share on Saturday, June 1st. This represents a $1.23 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.46%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. This is an increase from the stock's previous quarterly dividend of $0.31.
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Is Essential Utilities a good dividend stock?

Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 3.52%. The company does not yet have a strong track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio is 66.13%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, WTRG will have a dividend payout ratio of 58.02% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What guidance has Essential Utilities issued on next quarter's earnings?

Essential Utilities updated its FY 2024 earnings guidance on Thursday, February, 22nd. The company provided EPS guidance of 1.960-2.000 for the period, compared to the consensus EPS estimate of 2.010. The company issued revenue guidance of -.

Who are Essential Utilities' major shareholders?

Essential Utilities' stock is owned by a variety of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Vanguard Group Inc. (10.25%), Legal & General Group Plc (1.28%), Northern Trust Corp (1.22%), Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. (1.12%), Norges Bank (0.95%) and Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. (0.71%). Insiders that own company stock include Chris Franklin, Colleen Arnold, Daniel Schuller, Ellen T Ruff and Robert A Rubin.
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How do I buy shares of Essential Utilities?

Shares of WTRG stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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This page (NYSE:WTRG) was last updated on 3/4/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff