Zeke Capital Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Waters Co. (NYSE:WAT) by 97.0% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 3,328 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,639 shares during the period. Zeke Capital Advisors LLC’s holdings in Waters were worth $643,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the business. LPL Financial LLC boosted its stake in shares of Waters by 7.7% in the 4th quarter. LPL Financial LLC now owns 3,760 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $729,000 after buying an additional 269 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Waters by 18.0% in the 4th quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 199,450 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $38,532,000 after buying an additional 30,409 shares during the last quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Waters by 94.6% in the 4th quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 3,488 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $674,000 after buying an additional 1,696 shares during the last quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Waters by 94.6% in the 4th quarter. Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC now owns 4,796 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock worth $927,000 after buying an additional 2,332 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Sensato Investors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Waters in the 4th quarter worth $16,846,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.96% of the company’s stock.
Waters Co. (NYSE WAT) opened at $213.18 on Friday. Waters Co. has a twelve month low of $153.04 and a twelve month high of $220.20. The company has a market capitalization of $16,795.17, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.42, a P/E/G ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a quick ratio of 6.60, a current ratio of 7.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85.
A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on WAT shares. BTIG Research started coverage on Waters in a research note on Friday, January 5th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $230.00 price target on the stock. Morgan Stanley upgraded Waters from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $192.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Waters from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $217.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 26th. Evercore ISI started coverage on Waters in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They issued an “in-line” rating and a $198.00 price target on the stock. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on Waters from $180.00 to $200.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 24th. Thirteen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $203.75.
In related news, SVP Elizabeth B. Rae sold 28,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $219.01, for a total value of $6,219,884.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 13,443 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,944,151.43. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Joann A. Reed sold 1,386 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $194.07, for a total value of $268,981.02. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 75,180 shares of company stock worth $16,326,519. 5.07% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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Waters Corporation is an analytical instrument manufacturer. The Company operates through two segments: Waters and TA. 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.
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