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Buy or Sell: California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT)


California Water Service Group is in the utilities sector and regulated utilities industry. The company CEO is Martin A. Kropelnicki. California Water Service Group is engaged in the production, purchase, storage, treatment, testing, distribution and sale of water for domestic, industrial, public and irrigation uses, and for fire protection.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The CWT stock showed a previous change of 0.39% with an open at 53.93 and a close of 54.13. It reached an intraday high of 54.25 and a low of 53.84.

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The stock has a market cap of $2.6b with 48.1m shares outstanding, of which the float is 47.1m shares. Trading volume reached 171,145 shares compared to its average volume of 201,194 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, California Water Service Group shares returned 3.30% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 16.09%. Over three months, it changed 14.82%. In one year it has changed 43.06% and within that year its 52-week high was 54.25 and its 52-week low was 35.60. CWT stock is 52.05% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 43.61 and a 50 day moving average of 49.30. Currently CWT stock is trading 24.13% above its 200 day moving average.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.37 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 39.51. Based on 3 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.28. The TTM EPS is 1.26, which comes to a TTM PE of 42.96. Historically, the PE high was 45.70 and the PE low was 16.40. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 20.66, which is a decrease of -61.82%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.32
09-30-2018:  0.72
06-30-2018:  0.27
03-31-2018:  -0.05

The dividend per share is currently 0.79, which is a dividend yield of 1.46%.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 117.10% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 1,099,967, which is 2.29% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 5.21. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.40

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 9.37%, return on assets is 2.40%, profit margin is 9.70%, price-to-sales is 3.75 and price-to-book is 3.55.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 0  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 1  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 1  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.