AO Smith (AOS) Gets a Hold Rating from Oppenheimer

By Jason Carr

Oppenheimer analyst Bryan Blair maintained a Hold rating on AO Smith (AOSResearch Report) today. The company’s shares closed last Wednesday at $53.06, close to its 52-week high of $53.72.

According to, Blair is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 5.0% and a 54.7% success rate. Blair covers the Industrial Goods sector, focusing on stocks such as Lincoln Electric Holdings, Watts Water Technologies, and Altra Industrial Motion.

AO Smith has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy, with a price target consensus of $47.60.

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AO Smith’s market cap is currently $8.59B and has a P/E ratio of 25.90. The company has a Price to Book ratio of 11.37.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 45 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of AOS in relation to earlier this year. Last month, Ajita Rajendra, the EC of AOS sold 46,000 shares for a total of $2,278,380.

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A. O. Smith Corp. manufactures residential and commercial water heating equipment and air purification products. It operates through the following two segments: North America and Rest of World. The North America segment manufactures and markets comprehensive lines of residential and commercial gas and electric water heaters, boilers, tanks. The Rest of World segment comprises of China, Europe, and India; and manufactures and markets water treatment products. The company was founded by Charles Jeremiah Smith in 1874 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.