Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTL)’s share price was up 7.3% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $14.66 and last traded at $14.59, with a volume of 124,978 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $13.60.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on ABTL shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Autobytel from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 17th. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Autobytel in a report on Thursday, May 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $25.75.

The company has a market capitalization of $157.40 million and a PE ratio of 56.22. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $13.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $16.71.

Autobytel (NASDAQ:ABTL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $36.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $34.71 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.21 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 38.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Autobytel Inc. will post $1.40 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Michael A. Carpenter acquired 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 19th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $12.60 per share, for a total transaction of $50,400.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 14,000 shares in the company, valued at $176,400. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Other large investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Turner Investments L.P. raised its stake in shares of Autobytel by 330.0% in the fourth quarter. Turner Investments L.P. now owns 86,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,940,000 after buying an additional 66,000 shares in the last quarter. EAM Investors LLC raised its stake in shares of Autobytel by 101.9% in the fourth quarter. EAM Investors LLC now owns 372,965 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,414,000 after buying an additional 188,214 shares in the last quarter. Oxford Asset Management bought a new stake in shares of Autobytel during the fourth quarter worth $1,678,000. Finally, Russell Frank Co raised its stake in shares of Autobytel by 34.8% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 488,727 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,810,000 after buying an additional 126,201 shares in the last quarter.

Autobytel Inc is an automotive marketing services company that assists automotive retail dealers and automotive manufacturers market and sell vehicles to consumers through the programs for online lead referrals, dealer marketing products and services, and online advertising programs and mobile products.

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