why A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $77.38

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A. O. Smith Corporation [NYSE: AOS] loss -0.07% on the last trading session, reaching $82.39 price per share at the time. The company report on October 28, 2021 that A. O. Smith Reports Record Third Quarter Sales.

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A. O. Smith Corporation represents 159.19 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $13.09 billion with the latest information. AOS stock price has been found in the range of $81.93 to $82.93.

If compared to the average trading volume of 1.06M shares, AOS reached a trading volume of 843849 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AOS shares is $77.38 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AOS stock is a recommendation set at 2.70. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Loop Capital have made an estimate for A. O. Smith Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on November 23, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Robert W. Baird raised their target price from $82 to $85. The new note on the price target was released on October 05, 2021, representing the official price target for A. O. Smith Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $67, while Stifel analysts kept a Hold rating on AOS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for A. O. Smith Corporation is set at 1.70, with the Price to Sales ratio for AOS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.87. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 6.92, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 4.31. Price to Free Cash Flow for AOS in the course of the last twelve months was 34.86 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.40.

Trading performance analysis for AOS stock

A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -0.44. With this latest performance, AOS shares gained by 25.71% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 15.88% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 42.15% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for AOS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 76.26, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 76.67, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 73.46 for A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 70.41, while it was recorded at 82.48 for the last single week of trading, and 68.98 for the last 200 days.

A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS] shares currently have an operating margin of +15.41 and a Gross Margin at +38.22. A. O. Smith Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +11.91.

Return on Total Capital for AOS is now 22.26, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 17.37. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 19.62, with Return on Assets sitting at 11.09. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 8.59. Additionally, AOS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 7.91, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 5.02. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 7.62, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 7.02.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS] managed to generate an average of $24,813 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.93 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.93.A. O. Smith Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.40 and a Current Ratio set at 1.80.

A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, A. O. Smith Corporation posted 0.66/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.52/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 26.90%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for AOS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for A. O. Smith Corporation go to 8.00%.

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An analysis of insider ownership at A. O. Smith Corporation [AOS]

There are presently around $10,699 million, or 97.20% of AOS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AOS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 15,034,730, which is approximately -0.451% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 9,785,578 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $806.23 million in AOS stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $671.93 million in AOS stock with ownership of nearly -4.645% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in A. O. Smith Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 273 institutional holders increased their position in A. O. Smith Corporation [NYSE:AOS] by around 16,340,963 shares. Additionally, 256 investors decreased positions by around 9,085,643 shares, while 70 investors held positions by with 104,430,973 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 129,857,579 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AOS stock had 64 new institutional investments in for a total of 6,615,081 shares, while 72 institutional investors sold positions of 2,351,112 shares during the same period.

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