Aqua Metals Inc. (NASDAQ:AQMS) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “Aqua Metals, Inc. is involved in the business of recycling lead through a process called AquaRefining(TM). Its AquaRefining process elements consists of non-toxic solvent that dissolves lead compounds and an electro-chemical process and electrolyze that converts the dissolved lead compounds into pure, primary grade lead. The Company’s AquaRefining process generates outputs consists of primary lead ingots; lead acid batteries grade lead alloy ingots; cleaned plastic chips, recovered from battery casings and sulphuric acid. Aqua Metals, Inc. is based in Oakland, California. “

Shares of Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS) traded down 2.22% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $8.82. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 54,327 shares. Aqua Metals has a 52 week low of $4.50 and a 52 week high of $13.07. The firm’s market capitalization is $137.36 million. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $8.94 and a 200-day moving average of $9.39.

Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 10th. The company reported ($0.20) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.15) by $0.05. Equities research analysts forecast that Aqua Metals will post ($0.74) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Aqua Metals during the second quarter worth approximately $205,000. State Street Corp purchased a new stake in Aqua Metals during the second quarter worth approximately $1,544,000. Teachers Advisors Inc. purchased a new stake in Aqua Metals during the second quarter worth approximately $196,000. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. purchased a new stake in Aqua Metals during the second quarter worth approximately $843,000. Finally, BlackRock Fund Advisors increased its stake in Aqua Metals by 5,767.1% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 279,276 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,286,000 after buying an additional 274,516 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 19.41% of the company’s stock.

Aqua Metals Company Profile

Aqua Metals, Inc is engaged in the business of recycling lead through a process that the Company developed and named AquaRefining. AquaRefining process will provide for the recycling of lead acid batteries (LABs) and the production of lead. AquaRefining is a water-based ambient temperature process. The modular nature of AquaRefining makes it possible to start LAB recycling at a smaller scale than is possible with smelters.

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