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What's Ahead for Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) After Less Shorted Shares?

07 December 2017

The SI to Waters Corporation's float is 3.48%. The stock decreased 0.41% or $0.79 during the last trading session, reaching $193.47. About 39,364 shares traded. MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG) has risen 60.12% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 13.38% the S&P500. The stock increased 32.55% or $14.08 during the last trading session, reaching $57.33. Mackenzie Financial Corporation owns 252,962 shares for 0.26% of their portfolio. AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV) has risen 11.69% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending.

The institutional investor owned 29,832 shares of the medical instruments supplier's stock after selling 1,817 shares during the quarter. Its down 0.14, from 1.22 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 20 investors sold Waters Corporation shares while 179 reduced holdings.

SG Americas Securities LLC raised its position in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) by 33.5% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mark Asset Management Corp increased Mgic Investment Corp (MTG) stake by 7.22% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. California Employees Retirement Systems invested in 195,100 shares or 0.06% of the stock. Proshare Advsr Ltd Co reported 0.01% of its portfolio in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in Waters by 0.4% during the 2nd quarter. Chickasaw Cap Mngmt reported 21,500 shares. Fundsmith LLP now owns 3,833,955 shares of the medical instruments supplier's stock worth $704,834,000 after purchasing an additional 401,420 shares in the last quarter. Glenmede Trust Na owns 0.43% invested in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT) for 577,700 shares. 1,538 were reported by Putnam Invs Ltd Liability Company. Quantbot Tech Ltd Partnership reported 2,473 shares stake. The Mark Asset Management Corp holds 663,099 shares with $7.43 million value, up from 618,446 last quarter. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department holds 0.03% or 29,239 shares. Middleton And Commerce Ma accumulated 4,480 shares. 81,320 are held by Natl Pension Ser. Davidson Investment Advisors has 26,626 shares for 0.69% of their portfolio. Cantab Prtn Llp has invested 0% in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). Stock Yards National Bank & Trust Company has invested 0.11% in Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). Therefore 73% are positive. Jefferies maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Thursday, July 13 report. The stock has "Outperform" rating by William Blair on Friday, January 6. Also, SVP Rohit Khanna sold 26,913 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 27th.

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Waters (NYSE:WAT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. As per Thursday, November 10, the company rating was reinitiated by Leerink Swann. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Tuesday, April 5 by Bank of America. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. As per Wednesday, August 12, the company rating was maintained by Compass Point. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Citigroup on Wednesday, July 27.

Waters Corporation is an analytical instrument manufacturer. The company has market cap of $15.48 billion. Barclays increased their price target on Waters from $188.00 to $193.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. It has a 29.34 P/E ratio. It designs, manufactures, sells and services high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ultra performance liquid chromatography (UPLC and together with HPLC, referred to as LC) and mass spectrometry (MS) technology systems and support products, including chromatography columns, other consumable products and post-warranty service plans. The firm offers small UAS products to deliver intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and communications, such as real-time tactical reconnaissance, tracking, combat assessment, and geographic data to the small tactical unit or individual operator.

Since June 9, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 1 sale for $4.30 million activity. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, October 23 by Robert W. Baird. On Wednesday, August 2 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Hold". The company has a current ratio of 6.16, a quick ratio of 5.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66. WAT's past "Underweight" rating is has been discontinued by the brokerage firm. On Monday, December 4 the stock rating was upgraded by Morgan Stanley to "Equal-Weight". The stock presently has an average rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $168.91. Piper Jaffray upgraded AeroVironment, Inc. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Waters from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $211.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. The rating was upgraded by Zacks on Friday, August 21 to "Sell".

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