Shares of Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) saw unusually-strong trading volume on Monday . Approximately 645,787 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 9% from the previous session’s volume of 592,193 shares.The stock last traded at $42.14 and had previously closed at $42.26.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on HXL shares. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 price objective on shares of Hexcel Corp. in a research report on Sunday, April 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hexcel Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 13th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. cut their price objective on shares of Hexcel Corp. from $47.00 to $46.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Hexcel Corp. in a research report on Wednesday, April 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Hexcel Corp. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $48.67.

The firm has a market capitalization of $3.86 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.82. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $42.21 and a 200-day moving average price of $42.80.

Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 20th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.57 by $0.02. The firm earned $497.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $501.60 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.58 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Hexcel Corp. will post $2.50 EPS for the current year.

In other Hexcel Corp. news, Director David Charles Hill sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.80, for a total value of $44,800.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,883 shares in the company, valued at approximately $84,358.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in HXL. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Hexcel Corp. by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 94,887 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,408,000 after buying an additional 640 shares during the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Hexcel Corp. by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 61,149 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,840,000 after buying an additional 1,424 shares in the last quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. raised its position in Hexcel Corp. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 1,082,092 shares of the company’s stock valued at $50,263,000 after buying an additional 8,809 shares in the last quarter. Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Hexcel Corp. by 17.3% in the fourth quarter. Mastrapasqua Asset Management Inc. now owns 23,340 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,084,000 after buying an additional 3,445 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. raised its position in Hexcel Corp. by 36.3% in the fourth quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 29,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,360,000 after buying an additional 7,800 shares in the last quarter.

Hexcel Corporation is a composites company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered honeycomb and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial markets.

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