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Waters Corporation (WAT) is a leading diagnostics & research business based in the US. It opened the day at $250.99 after a previous close of $250.74. During the day the price has varied from a low of $249.05 to a high of $252.67. The latest price was $250.38 (25 minute delay). Waters Corporation is listed on the NYSE and employs 7,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Waters Corporation

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: WAT in this case.
  5. Research Waters Corporation shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Waters Corporation shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has Coronavirus impacted Waters Corporation's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Waters Corporation's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was $211.1, which is 2.44% down on its pre-crash value of $216.38 and 36.73% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $154.39.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Waters Corporation shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $717.63 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $933.06.

Waters Corporation share price

Use our graph to track the performance of WAT stocks over time.

Waters Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-18.
Open$250.99
High$252.67
Low$249.05
Close$250.38
Previous close$250.74
Change $-0.36
Change % -0.144%
Volume 639,542
Information last updated 2020-12-26.
52-week range$154.39 - $252.67
50-day moving average $235.2903
200-day moving average $212.7305
Wall St. target price$222.29
PE ratio 30.7862
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $8.026
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Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
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0.05-0.25%
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Is it a good time to buy Waters Corporation stock?

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Waters Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $250.38

1 month (2020-12-23) 1.65%
3 months (2020-10-23) 12.81%
6 months (2020-07-23) 10.60%

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 31x. In other words, Waters Corporation shares trade at around 31x 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 3.295. 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 $769.9 million (£0.0 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 $2.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 28.49%
Gross profit TTM $1.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 15.6%
Return on equity TTM 1363.46%
Profit margin 21.96%
Book value $1.774
Market capitalisation $15.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Waters Corporation shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "WAT.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 1.9 million Waters Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Waters Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 9.9% up from 1.7 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 377893.66336634). Waters Corporation's SIR currently stands at 5.05. In other words for every 100,000 Waters Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5050 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 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Waters Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0351% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Waters Corporation shares, roughly 35 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly 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 01/01/2019) 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

Waters Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 21.53
Total ESG percentile 18.92
Environmental score 2.48
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 12.17
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 6.88
Governance score percentile 5

Waters Corporation share dividends

We're not expecting Waters Corporation to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

Have Waters Corporation's shares ever split?

Waters Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 28 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 $154.39 up to $252.67. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WAT.US volatility(beta: 0.86)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 0.8609. This would suggest that Waters Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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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. Waters Corporation was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Milford, Massachusetts.

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