Outerwall Inc. (NASDAQ:OUTR) shares saw strong trading volume on Thursday . 442,782 shares were traded during mid-day trading, an increase of 32% from the previous session’s volume of 334,781 shares.The stock last traded at $44.25 and had previously closed at $43.78.

A number of research analysts recently commented on the stock. B. Riley reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $58.00 price target on shares of Outerwall in a research note on Thursday, May 5th. Wedbush reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $45.00 price objective (up previously from $40.00) on shares of Outerwall in a report on Thursday, April 21st. Roth Capital reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $35.00 price objective on shares of Outerwall in a report on Tuesday, April 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Outerwall from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Outerwall has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.13.

The firm has a market capitalization of $717.04 million and a PE ratio of 16.39. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $42.27 and its 200-day moving average price is $37.24.

Outerwall (NASDAQ:OUTR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 28th. The company reported $2.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.33 by $1.11. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.81 earnings per share. The company had revenue of $535.96 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $508.35 million. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 11.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Outerwall Inc. will post $6.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have made changes to their positions in OUTR. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Outerwall during the fourth quarter worth $1,307,000. Comerica Bank raised its stake in shares of Outerwall by 23.0% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 40,603 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,356,000 after buying an additional 7,602 shares during the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its stake in shares of Outerwall by 359.9% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 42,158 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,540,000 after buying an additional 32,992 shares during the last quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP raised its stake in shares of Outerwall by 19.9% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 62,750 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,293,000 after buying an additional 10,397 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Krasney Financial LLC raised its stake in shares of Outerwall by 4.3% in the fourth quarter. Krasney Financial LLC now owns 88,439 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,232,000 after buying an additional 3,664 shares during the last quarter.

Outerwall Inc is a provider of automated retail solutions. The Company’s business segments are Redbox, Coinstar and ecoATM. Its offerings include Redbox business, which enables consumers to rent or purchase movies and video games from self-service kiosks (Redbox segment); Coinstar business, which enables consumers to convert their coins to cash and convert coins and cash to stored value products at self-service kiosks (Coinstar segment), and ecoATM business, which enables consumers to sell electronic devices for cash at self-service kiosks, and purchase and sell electronic devices for cash through an online solution under its Gazelle brand.

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