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A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) has received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eleven brokerages that are presently covering the stock, Stock Ratings Network reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $59.60.

Shares of A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) opened at 47.56 on Tuesday. A. O. Smith Corp has a 1-year low of $38.01 and a 1-year high of $55.18. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $49.45 and its 200-day moving average is $48.5. The company has a market cap of $4.309 billion and a P/E ratio of 24.80. A. O. Smith Corp also was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of June. As of June 13th, there was short interest totalling 806,306 shares, a decrease of 28.6% from the May 30th total of 1,129,456 shares. Currently, 1.1% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 500,508 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.6 days.

A. O. Smith Corp (NYSE:AOS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 22nd. The company reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $552.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $559.51 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.96 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 8.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that A. O. Smith Corp will post $2.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, July 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.26%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, July 29th.

A number of research firms have recently commented on AOS. Analysts at Northland Securities initiated coverage on shares of A. O. Smith Corp in a research note on Tuesday. They set an “outperform” rating and a $57.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Zacks upgraded shares of A. O. Smith Corp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 23rd. Finally, analysts at Sterne Agee upgraded shares of A. O. Smith Corp from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 23rd. They now have a $58.00 price target on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

A. O. Smith Corporation is a manufacturer of water heating equipment, serving a diverse mix of residential and commercial end markets principally in the United States.

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