Pool Corp. (NASDAQ:POOL) reached a new 52-week high on Friday . The stock traded as high as $97.15 and last traded at $96.99, with a volume of 112,922 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $95.17.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the company. Robert W. Baird assumed coverage on Pool Corp. in a research note on Monday, June 6th. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research cut Pool Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price objective on shares of Pool Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, March 30th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $89.00.

The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $91.40 and its 200-day moving average price is $85.44. The company has a market cap of $4.07 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.13.

Pool Corp. (NASDAQ:POOL) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 21st. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.13. The company earned $515.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $482.67 million. Pool Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up 14.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.19 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Pool Corp. will post $3.38 EPS for the current year.

In other news, VP Romain Kenneth G. St sold 22,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $89.19, for a total value of $1,962,180.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 101,617 shares in the company, valued at $9,063,220.23. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, VP Arthur D. Cook sold 20,454 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $88.00, for a total value of $1,799,952.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 84,466 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,433,008. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have modified their holdings of the stock. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Pool Corp. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Thornburg Investment Management Inc. now owns 256,789 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,743,000 after buying an additional 5,057 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of Pool Corp. by 405.5% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 14,013 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,132,000 after buying an additional 11,241 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its stake in shares of Pool Corp. by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 108,451 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,761,000 after buying an additional 970 shares during the period. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of Pool Corp. by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 56,642 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,576,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Pool Corp. by 60.2% in the fourth quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 52,131 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,209,000 after buying an additional 19,585 shares during the period.

Pool Corporation is a distributor of swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products. The Company is also a distributor of irrigation and landscape products in the United States. The Company operates over 340 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia through its over four distribution networks, such as SCP Distributors (SCP), Superior Pool Products (Superior), Horizon Distributors (Horizon) and National Pool Tile (NPT).

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