Heartland Financial USA Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLF)’s share price was up 2.6% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $36.75 and last traded at $36.70, with a volume of 89,439 shares. The stock had previously closed at $35.78.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on HTLF shares. Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price target on shares of Heartland Financial USA from $30.00 to $35.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Heartland Financial USA currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $35.20.

The stock has a market cap of $891.09 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.51. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $34.80 and its 200-day moving average is $31.89.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last posted its earnings results on Monday, April 25th. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.19. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.76 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Heartland Financial USA Inc. will post $3.04 EPS for the current year.

In other Heartland Financial USA news, Director Kurt Saylor sold 4,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.52, for a total value of $155,340.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in Heartland Financial USA by 7.7% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 35,042 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,099,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares in the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. raised its position in shares of Heartland Financial USA by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 48,077 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,508,000 after buying an additional 381 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management raised its position in shares of Heartland Financial USA by 3.7% in the fourth quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 53,866 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,689,000 after buying an additional 1,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Heartland Financial USA by 4.4% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 659,676 shares of the company’s stock worth $20,688,000 after buying an additional 27,952 shares during the last quarter.

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a multi-bank holding company. The Company’s segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking. Its community and other banking segment is engaged in making loans to, and generating deposits from, individuals and businesses in the markets where Heartland has banks.

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