Shares of Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST) were up 1.6% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $9.18 and last traded at $9.11, with a volume of 258,183 shares. The stock had previously closed at $8.97.

Several analysts recently weighed in on CWST shares. KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Casella Waste Systems in a report on Thursday. First Analysis lifted their price target on Casella Waste Systems from $8.00 to $9.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, June 17th. Stifel Nicolaus raised Casella Waste Systems from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $8.50 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 9th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Casella Waste Systems from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $8.50 price target for the company in a report on Monday, May 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Casella Waste Systems currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $8.08.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $7.77 and a 200-day moving average price of $6.73. The company’s market cap is $376.03 million.

Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported ($0.19) EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.25) by $0.06. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.23) earnings per share. The company had revenue of $125.43 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $118.15 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Casella Waste Systems Inc. will post ($0.04) earnings per share for the current year.

In other Casella Waste Systems news, Director Douglas R. Casella sold 5,806 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $7.56, for a total transaction of $43,893.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 738,349 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,581,918.44. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Edmond Coletta sold 6,491 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $7.56, for a total value of $49,071.96. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 164,538 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,243,907.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Casella Waste Systems stock. EAM Investors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Casella Waste Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST) by 0.4% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 278,339 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,094 shares during the period. EAM Investors LLC owned approximately 0.68% of Casella Waste Systems worth $1,664,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc is a solid waste services company. The Company provides resource management services to residential, commercial, municipal and industrial customers, in the areas of solid waste collection and disposal, transfer, recycling and organics services. Its segments include its two regional segments, Eastern and Western regions, which provide a range of solid waste services; Recycling, which offers recycling operations and its commodity brokerage operations, and Other, including organic services, ancillary operations and industrial services.

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