Watsco (WSO) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.18

Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a "buy" rating and issued a $176.00 target price (up previously from $163.00) on shares of Watsco in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. Six analysts have provided estimates for Watsco's earnings. Watsco has a one year low of $128.60 and a one year high of $159.55.

Shares of Watsco (NYSE:WSO) traded down 0.26% during trading on Friday, reaching $147.33.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of WSO.

As of the end of the quarter American International Group Inc had acquired a total of 1,747 shares growing its position 2.9%. Numeric Investors LLC bought a new stake in Watsco during the fourth quarter valued at about $252,000.

In the market the company is trading down from yesterday's close of $147.8. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in shares of Watsco by 41.3% in the first quarter. Finally, Wolfe Research assumed coverage on shares of Watsco in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Finally, Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Watsco by 9.1% in the first quarter.

Watsco, Inc. (NYSE:WSO) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a note issued to investors on Sunday, July 16th. Analysts anticipate that Watsco, Inc. will post $5.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. The company has a 50 day moving average of $151.96 and a 200 day moving average of $147.09. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,454,099 shares of the construction company's stock valued at $351,379,000 after buying an additional 517,615 shares during the last quarter. This is a positive change from Watsco's previous quarterly dividend of $1.05. As of quarter end Westfield Capital Management Co Lp had sold 129,396 shares trimming its stake by 47.6%. The firm has a market cap of $4.81 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.19 and a beta of 0.83. Additionally the company announced a dividend for shareholders which was paid on Monday the 31st of July 2017.

On July 26 Morgan Stanley maintained a stock rating of "Underweight" but raised the price expectation to $141.00 from $111.00. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.82 EPS. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,174 shares of the construction company's stock worth $168,000 after buying an additional 343 shares during the period. The business had revenue of $1.28 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.29 billion. The dividend payment was $1.250 per share for the quarter which comes to $5.00 on an annualized basis.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on WSO shares. Watsco presently has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average price target of $163.20. The ex-dividend date was set for Thursday the 13th of July 2017. This dividend amount was represent a yeild of $3.34. The company has a consensus rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $153.14. Watsco's payout ratio is now 93.11%. "(WSO) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research" was published by Transcript Daily and is the sole property of of Transcript Daily. If you are accessing this piece on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of global copyright legislation. The legal version of this news story can be viewed at https://baseballnewssource.com/markets/bank-of-america-corp-de-increases-stake-in-watsco-inc-nysewso-updated-updated-updated/1221160.html. It distributes products consisting of equipment, including residential ducted and ductless air conditioners ranging from 1 to 5 tons, gas, electric and oil furnaces ranging from 50,000 to 150,000 British Thermal Units, commercial air conditioning and heating equipment and systems ranging from 1.5 to 25 tons and other specialized equipment; parts, including replacement compressors and motors, and supplies, including ductwork, grills, registers, sheet metal, adhesives and other ancillary supplies.

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