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Why Waters (WAT) is a Top Growth Stock for the Long-Term

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Taking full advantage of the stock market and investing with confidence are common goals for new and old investors alike.

Many investors also have a go-to methodology that helps guide their buy and sell decisions. One way to find winning stocks based on your preferred way of investing is to use the Zacks Style Scores, which are indicators that rate stocks based on three widely-followed investing types: value, growth, and momentum.

Why This 1 Growth Stock Should Be On Your Watchlist

Growth investors build their portfolios around companies that are financially strong and have a bright future, and the Growth Style Score helps take projected and historical earnings, sales, and cash flow into account to uncover stocks that will see long-term, sustainable growth.

Waters (WAT)

Milford, MA-based, Waters Corp. is an analytical instrument manufacturer and offers practical and sustainable products for laboratory-dependent organizations. Moreover, Waters provides analytical workflow solutions based on mass spectrometry (MS), liquid chromatography (LC) and thermal analysis technologies.

WAT is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock, with a Growth Style Score of A and VGM Score of B. Earnings are expected to grow 7.6% year-over-year for the current fiscal year, with sales growth of 5.7%.

Seven analysts revised their earnings estimate upwards in the last 60 days, and the Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $0.19 to $12.05 per share for 2022. WAT boasts an average earnings surprise of 14.1%.

Waters is also cash rich. The company has generated cash flow growth of 5.4%, and is expected to report cash flow expansion of 19.7% in 2022.

With solid fundamentals, a good Zacks Rank, and top-tier Growth and VGM Style Scores, WAT should be on investors' short lists.


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