Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the sixteen research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $66.90.

Several brokerages have weighed in on XYL. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Xylem in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Seaport Global Securities reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Xylem in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Cowen and Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $70.00 price target (up previously from $60.00) on shares of Xylem in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. BMO Capital Markets increased their price target on shares of Xylem from $74.00 to $76.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Finally, Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. increased their price target on shares of Xylem from $66.00 to $75.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st.

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) traded down $0.03 during trading on Monday, hitting $66.25. 504,000 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,246,918. Xylem has a fifty-two week low of $46.67 and a fifty-two week high of $67.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $11,903.89, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.94, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 1.76 and a quick ratio of 1.26.

Xylem (NYSE:XYL) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The industrial products company reported $0.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.01. Xylem had a net margin of 6.85% and a return on equity of 17.74%. The business had revenue of $1.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.18 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.54 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 33.2% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Xylem will post 2.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 6th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.18 per share. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 1st. Xylem’s payout ratio is currently 41.86%.

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In other Xylem news, Director Steven R. Loranger sold 37,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.25, for a total value of $2,497,625.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 58,831 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,897,553.75. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Colin R. Sabol sold 38,070 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.81, for a total value of $2,505,386.70. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 61,979 shares in the company, valued at $4,078,837.99. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.75% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in Xylem by 12.7% during the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 273,420 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $13,731,000 after buying an additional 30,811 shares during the last quarter. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in Xylem during the first quarter valued at about $314,000. Clearbridge Investments LLC boosted its stake in Xylem by 682.9% during the first quarter. Clearbridge Investments LLC now owns 64,290 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $3,229,000 after buying an additional 56,078 shares in the last quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in Xylem by 10.0% during the first quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 23,010 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $1,155,000 after buying an additional 2,100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Charter Trust Co. bought a new position in Xylem during the second quarter valued at about $203,000. 86.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Xylem Company Profile

Xylem Inc is a water technology company. The Company designs, manufactures and services engineered solutions across a range of critical applications. It is an equipment and service provider for water and wastewater applications with a portfolio of products and services addressing the cycle of water, from collection, distribution and use to the return of water to the environment.

Analyst Recommendations for Xylem (NYSE:XYL)

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