Moving 2.50% from the most recent open, shares of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS) have landed on investor watchlists as the latest bid puts the equity at $48.83.
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The average investor might not have the time to monitor every single tick of a given stock, but taking a look at historical performance may help provide some valuable insight on where the stock may be trending in the future. Over the past week, Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS) has performed 11.87%. For the past month, shares are 1.67%. Over the last quarter, shares have performed 6.06%. Looking back further, Webster Financial Corporation stock has been -11.91% over the last six months, and -0.93% since the start of the calendar year. For the past full year, shares are -24.05%.

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ROA and Recommendations

Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS)’s Return on Assets (ROA) is at 1.40%.  This is an indicator of how profitable they have been relative to their total assets.  ROA indicates how efficient their management is.  It’s found by dividing annual earnings by total assets. Webster Financial Corporation’s Return on Equity (ROE) of 13.90% reveals how much profit they generate with money from shareholders.  This is found by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.

Webster Financial Corporation’s Return on Investment 26.00%, used to find the stock’s efficiency, is calculated by dividing the return of an investment divided by its cost, is 26.00%.  As for whether to Buy, Sell or Hold at this point, sell-side firms covering company shares have a mean recommendation of 2.40 on the stock.  This is on a consensus basis according to Thomson Reuters data.  The scale is 1 to 5 where a Strong Buy rating is a 1 sliding down to a Strong Sell rating for a 5.

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