Shares of The Providence Service Corp. (NASDAQ:PRSC) were down 0.5% on Friday . The company traded as low as $47.22 and last traded at $47.25, with a volume of 65,390 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $47.49.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on PRSC shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Providence Service Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, March 17th. Barrington Research increased their price target on shares of The Providence Service Corp. from $63.00 to $64.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 14th.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $47.30 and its 200-day moving average is $47.70. The firm has a market capitalization of $702.14 million and a PE ratio of 11.53.

The Providence Service Corp. (NASDAQ:PRSC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.08. The firm earned $432.65 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $435.22 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.77 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that The Providence Service Corp. will post $2.83 EPS for the current year.

A number of large investors recently made changes to their positions in PRSC. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of The Providence Service Corp. by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 25,376 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,191,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. Russell Frank Co boosted its stake in shares of The Providence Service Corp. by 129.1% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 50,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,388,000 after buying an additional 28,400 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of The Providence Service Corp. by 8.6% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 68,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,200,000 after buying an additional 5,400 shares during the last quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. bought a new stake in shares of The Providence Service Corp. during the fourth quarter worth about $6,731,000. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in shares of The Providence Service Corp. by 76.9% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 186,910 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,770,000 after buying an additional 81,234 shares during the last quarter.

The Providence Service Corporation (Providence) provides and manages Government sponsored non-emergency transportation (NET) services, human services, workforce development (WD) services and health assessment (HA) services. Providence operates through four segments: NET Services, Human Services, WD Services and HA Services.

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