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How to buy Waters Corporation (WAT) stock
Learn how to easily invest in Waters Corporation stock.
Waters Corporation is a diagnostics & research business based in the US. Waters Corporation shares (WAT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Waters Corporation employs 7,400 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.
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What's in this guide?
- WAT shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is WAT stock a buy or sell?
- Stock performance over time
- Can I short WAT shares?
- Is WAT suitable for ethical investing?
- Are WAT shares over-valued?
- Waters Corporation's financials
- How volatile are WAT shares?
- Does Waters Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have WAT shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Waters Corporation stock price (NYSE: WAT)Use our graph to track the performance of WAT stocks over time.
Waters Corporation shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$319.26|
|52-week range||$187.31 - $378.13|
|50-day moving average||$348.91|
|200-day moving average||$302.33|
|Wall St. target price||$307.08|
|Dividend yield||N/A (0%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$9.88|
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Waters Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2021-07-17)||N/A|
|1 month (2021-06-28)||-7.18%|
|3 months (2021-04-28)||6.26%|
|6 months (2021-01-24)||N/A|
|1 year (2020-07-24)||N/A|
|2 years (2019-07-24)||N/A|
|3 years (2018-07-24)||N/A|
|5 years (2016-07-24)||N/A|
Is Waters Corporation under- or over-valued?
Valuing Waters Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Waters Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Waters Corporation's P/E ratio
Waters Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 38x. In other words, Waters Corporation shares trade at around 38x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Waters Corporation's PEG ratio
Waters Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.7587. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Waters Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Waters Corporation's EBITDA
Waters Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $891.7 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Waters Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Waters Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||$2.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||30.46%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||16.25%|
|Return on equity TTM||-9999999%|
|Market capitalisation||$23.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Waters Corporation shares
There are currently 1.3 million Waters Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Waters Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 23.9% up from 1.1 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Waters Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Waters Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Waters Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Waters Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Waters Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 485371.48148148). Waters Corporation's SIR currently stands at 2.7. In other words for every 100,000 Waters Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2700 shares are currently held short.
However Waters Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Waters Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Waters Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Waters Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Waters Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0214% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Waters Corporation shares, roughly 21 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Waters Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Waters Corporation stock.
Waters Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Waters Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Waters Corporation's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 21.53
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Waters Corporation's overall score of 21.53 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 19th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Waters Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Waters Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 2.48/100
Waters Corporation's environmental score of 2.48 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Waters Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Waters Corporation's social score
Social score: 12.17/100
Waters Corporation's social score of 12.17 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Waters Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Waters Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 6.88/100
Waters Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Waters Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||21.53|
|Total ESG percentile||18.92|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
Waters Corporation share dividends
We're not expecting Waters Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Have Waters Corporation's shares ever split?
Waters Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 August 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Waters Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Waters Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Waters Corporation's share price.
Waters Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Waters Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $187.31 up to $378.13. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Waters Corporation's is 0.8074. This would suggest that Waters Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Waters Corporation overview
Waters Corporation, a specialty measurement company, provides analytical workflow solutions in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. It operates through two segments, Waters and TA. The company designs, manufactures, sells, and services high and ultra-performance liquid chromatography, as well as 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; and develops and supplies software-based products that interface with its instruments, as well as other manufacturers' instruments. Its MS technology instruments are used in drug discovery and development comprising clinical trial testing, the analysis of proteins in disease processes, nutritional safety analysis, and environmental testing. The company's offers thermal analysis, rheometry, and calorimetry instruments for use in predicting the suitability and stability of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, water, polymers, metals, and viscous liquids for various industrial, consumer good, and healthcare products, as well as for life science research. Its products are used by pharmaceutical, biochemical, industrial, nutritional safety, environmental, academic, and governmental customers working in research and development, quality assurance, and other laboratory applications.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Waters Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.643% of Waters Corporation shares are held by insiders and 90.959% by institutions. How many people work for Waters Corporation?
Latest data suggests 7,400 work at Waters Corporation. When does the fiscal year end for Waters Corporation?
Waters Corporation's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Waters Corporation based?
Waters Corporation's address is: 34 Maple Street, Milford, MA, United States, 01757 What is Waters Corporation's ISIN number?
Waters Corporation's international securities identification number is: US9418481035 What is Waters Corporation's CUSIP number?
Waters Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 941848103
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