Shares of Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL) were down 2.1% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $5.43 and last traded at $5.64, with a volume of 6,083,255 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.76.

A number of analysts have recently commented on HL shares. Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Hecla Mining from $2.50 to $3.25 in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hecla Mining from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.25 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Deutsche Bank AG lowered shares of Hecla Mining from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $2.90 price target for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, March 23rd. TheStreet upgraded shares of Hecla Mining from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 25th. Finally, FBR & Co lifted their price target on shares of Hecla Mining from $3.00 to $4.00 and gave the stock a “mkt perform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $3.49.

The stock’s market cap is $2.17 billion. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $4.56 and its 200 day moving average is $3.17.

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.02 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.01 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.03 earnings per share. The firm had revenue of $131 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $132.78 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 10.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Hecla Mining Co. will post $0.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Hecla Mining news, Director Anthony P. Taylor sold 6,921 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.94, for a total transaction of $34,189.74. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 50,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $247,000. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link.

Several institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 544,620 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,029,000 after buying an additional 21,985 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 686,324 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,297,000 after buying an additional 12,231 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Royce & Associates LLC raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 2,917,818 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,515,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares during the last quarter.

Hecla Mining Company is engaged in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing silver, gold, lead and zinc. The Company operates in three segments: the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, and Casa Berardi units. It focuses on its San Sebastian project, which is located in Mexico; North Idaho’s Silver Valley, which is located in Coeur d’Alene Mining District; Greens Creek unit on Alaska’s Admiralty Island, which is located near Juneau; the silver-producing district near Durango, which is located in Mexico; the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, which is located in Canada, and the Creede district of Southwestern Colorado.

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