Essential Utilities Inc (NYSE: WTRG): Is It A Buying Opportunity Again?

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WTRG belongs to the Utilities sector of the NYSE while operating in the Utilities – Regulated Water industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $36.97 and fluctuated between $37.39 as its day high and $36.94 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Essential Utilities Inc is $10.11B. A total of 1.06 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.58M shares.

In the most recent transaction, RUBIN ROBERT A sold 2,023 shares of WTRG for 36.56 per share on May 01 ’24. After the transaction, the Chief Accounting Officer now owns 13,358 company shares. In a previous transaction on Apr 01 ’24, RUBIN ROBERT A sold 5,565 shares at 37.21 per share. WTRG shares that Chief Accounting Officer owns now total 57,756.

Among the insiders who sold shares, RUBIN ROBERT A disposed of 3,551 shares on Mar 11 ’24 at a per-share price of $36.00. This resulted in the Chief Accounting Officer holding 63,321 shares of WTRG after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Amato Elizabeth B bought 3,100 shares at $35.02 per share on Mar 05 ’24. Company shares held by the Director now total 16,103.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Essential Utilities Inc pays an annual dividend of $1.23, resulting in a dividend yield of 3.32%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 17.52. WTRG’s most recent ex-dividend date was 5/9/2024 when it declared a $0.3071 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 6/1/2024. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/1/2024 with an ex-dividend date of 2/8/2024. The WTRG stock dividend was $0.3070 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, WTRG has a high of $43.26 and a low of $32.07.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. WTRG’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $10.57M in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $6.02B in debt and $675.06M in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $22.23, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $5.18B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for WTRG is Buy with a score of 4.67.

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