Why Did Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA) Decrease -4.58% Today? This Could Be The Reason

An interesting stock that came up in some of our conversations today is Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA). At current price of $16.24, the shares have already lost -0.78 points (-4.58% lower) from its previous close of $17.02. Should you buy or avoid them? The stock sets an active trading volume day with a reported 156929 contracts so far this session. AQUA shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 465.26 thousand shares, but with a 77.56 million float and a 2.65% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for AQUA stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $15.11 per share. This means the stock has a potential decrease of -6.96% from where the AQUA share price has been trading recently which is between $16.75 and $17.08. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $11. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $19.

During the recent trading session for Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA), the company witnessed their stock rise $0.17 over a week and surge $0.86 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $18.99, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 02/10/18. The recent low of $7.92 stood for a -14.48% since 11/28/18, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for AQUA is set at $16, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Evoqua Water Technologies Corp., the two-week RSI stands at 52.97. This figure suggests that AQUA stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current AQUA readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 59.23% at this stage. This figure means that AQUA share price today is being neutral.

Technical chart claims that Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA) would settle between $17.15/share to $17.28/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $16.82 mark, then the market for Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $16.62 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.09. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Citigroup lowered their recommendation on shares of AQUA from Buy to Neutral in their opinion released on July 08. Goldman analysts bumped their rating on Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA) stock from Neutral to Buy in a separate flash note issued to investors on February 26. Analysts at Credit Suisse, made their first call for the equity with a Neutral recommendation, according to a research note that dated back to December 12.

AQUA equity has an average rating of 2.2, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 9 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 5 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 4 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 4 analysts rated Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE:AQUA) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, AQUA stock price is currently trading at 27.5X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 0 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 46.4. Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. current P/B ratio of 5.4 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 2.7.

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (AQUA)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 6% to hit $388170, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 6.1% from $1.34 billion to a noteworthy $1.42 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 26.7% to hit $0.19 per share. For the fiscal year, AQUA’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -20.4% to hit $0.43 per share.