Sturm Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR)’s share price traded up 4.9% during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $68.37 and last traded at $67.65, with a volume of 682,355 shares. The stock had previously closed at $64.52.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, June 10th. BB&T Corp. lowered shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.67.

The company has a market capitalization of $1.28 billion and a PE ratio of 18.76. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $63.00 and its 200 day moving average price is $64.65.

Sturm Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 2nd. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.25. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.81 EPS. The company earned $173.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $147.40 million. The company’s revenue was up 26.4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Sturm Ruger & Co. will post $3.78 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 38,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,277,000 after buying an additional 1,900 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 10.1% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 558,502 shares of the company’s stock valued at $33,292,000 after buying an additional 51,321 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 123,374 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,354,000 after buying an additional 5,418 shares during the period. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC boosted its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 6.1% in the fourth quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC now owns 17,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,051,000 after buying an additional 1,019 shares during the period. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 4.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 30,840 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,838,000 after buying an additional 1,310 shares during the period.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc and subsidiary, is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of firearms to domestic customers. The Company operates through two segments: firearms and castings. The firearms segment manufactures and sells rifles, pistols and revolvers to a range of federally licensed, independent wholesale distributors located in the United States.

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