United Utilities Group PLC (LON:UU)’s stock price crossed above its two hundred day moving average during trading on Wednesday . The stock has a two hundred day moving average of $807.08 and traded as high as $848.80. United Utilities Group shares last traded at $847.40, with a volume of 695,206 shares traded.

UU has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a GBX 900 ($11.76) price target on shares of United Utilities Group in a research note on Thursday, September 5th. HSBC lowered shares of United Utilities Group to a “reduce” rating and cut their target price for the stock from GBX 860 ($11.24) to GBX 760 ($9.93) in a research note on Friday. Deutsche Bank upgraded shares of United Utilities Group to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from GBX 820 ($10.71) to GBX 850 ($11.11) in a research note on Tuesday, July 23rd. Barclays restated an “equal weight” rating on shares of United Utilities Group in a research note on Wednesday, October 16th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada lowered shares of United Utilities Group to a “sector perform” rating and cut their target price for the stock from GBX 950 ($12.41) to GBX 850 ($11.11) in a research note on Friday, September 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of GBX 855.50 ($11.18).

The stock’s 50 day moving average is GBX 837.68 and its two-hundred day moving average is GBX 807.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 251.25, a current ratio of 0.69 and a quick ratio of 0.58. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.68 billion and a PE ratio of 15.63.

In other United Utilities Group news, insider Russ Houlden sold 7,300 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 778 ($10.17), for a total value of £56,794 ($74,211.42). Also, insider Steven L. Mogford sold 41,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of GBX 770 ($10.06), for a total transaction of £315,700 ($412,517.97).

About United Utilities Group (LON:UU)

United Utilities Group PLC provides water and wastewater services in the United Kingdom. It is also involved in renewable energy generation, corporate trustee, financing, and property management activities; and the provision of consulting and project management services. The company operates 42,000 kilometers (km) of water pipes; 77,000 km of wastewater pipes; 568 wastewater treatment works; and 88 water treatment works.

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