Shares of Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. (NYSE:WCN) were up 1.4% during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $73.21 and last traded at $72.94, with a volume of 505,234 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $71.91.

Several research analysts have commented on WCN shares. Sterne Agee CRT started coverage on Progressive Waste Solutions in a research note on Tuesday, March 22nd. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Wedbush boosted their target price on Progressive Waste Solutions from $67.00 to $71.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on Progressive Waste Solutions from $70.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 27th. TheStreet downgraded Progressive Waste Solutions from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 1st. Finally, TD Securities boosted their target price on Progressive Waste Solutions from $73.00 to $78.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 2nd. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Progressive Waste Solutions currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $69.56.

The company’s market capitalization is $8.96 billion. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $70.67 and its 200-day moving average price is $64.13.

Progressive Waste Solutions (NYSE:WCN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.05. The company earned $471.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $459.16 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.25 earnings per share. Progressive Waste Solutions’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. will post $2.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, VP James Little sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.60, for a total transaction of $211,800.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 44,696 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,155,537.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, VP Patrick James Shea sold 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.05, for a total value of $365,250.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 44,219 shares in the company, valued at $3,230,197.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the stock. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. acquired a new position in Progressive Waste Solutions during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,794,000. Brown Advisory Inc. boosted its position in Progressive Waste Solutions by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 1,188,912 shares of the company’s stock valued at $66,959,000 after buying an additional 25,349 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC boosted its position in Progressive Waste Solutions by 77.8% in the fourth quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 18,126 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,021,000 after buying an additional 7,933 shares during the period. Columbus Circle Investors acquired a new position in Progressive Waste Solutions during the fourth quarter valued at about $10,786,000. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its position in Progressive Waste Solutions by 11.7% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 76,726 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,322,000 after buying an additional 8,040 shares during the period.

Waste Connections, Inc is an integrated municipal solid waste (MSW) services company. The Company provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in the United States. The Company is a provider of non-hazardous exploration and production (E&P), waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in various areas of the United States.

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