Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (NYSE:HII) shares saw unusually-strong trading volume on Tuesday . Approximately 452,720 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 25% from the previous session’s volume of 361,107 shares.The stock last traded at $169.26 and had previously closed at $170.33.

A number of equities analysts have commented on HII shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $161.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, April 21st. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $190.00 price objective (up previously from $167.00) on shares of Huntington Ingalls Industries in a research note on Monday, July 11th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boosted their price objective on Huntington Ingalls Industries from $139.00 to $148.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. Stifel Nicolaus lowered Huntington Ingalls Industries from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $135.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, May 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on Huntington Ingalls Industries from $125.00 to $135.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $152.00.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $164.19 and its 200-day moving average price is $143.96. The company has a market capitalization of $7.97 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.96.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $2.38 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.13 by $0.25. The company had revenue of $1.76 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.59 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.42 EPS. Huntington Ingalls Industries’s revenue was up 12.3% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. will post $10.10 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Huntington Ingalls Industries news, VP D R. Wyatt sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $154.52, for a total transaction of $154,520.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 21,049 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,252,491.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Jerri F. Dickseski sold 750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, July 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $169.34, for a total value of $127,005.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 34,670 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,871,017.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the company. I.G. Investment Management LTD. raised its position in Huntington Ingalls Industries by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. I.G. Investment Management LTD. now owns 16,354 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,075,000 after buying an additional 492 shares during the period. WBI Investments Inc. bought a new position in Huntington Ingalls Industries during the fourth quarter worth approximately $4,562,000. Marshall Wace LLP raised its position in Huntington Ingalls Industries by 269.8% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 248,574 shares of the company’s stock worth $31,532,000 after buying an additional 181,361 shares during the period. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. raised its position in Huntington Ingalls Industries by 51.3% in the fourth quarter. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. now owns 30,828 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,911,000 after buying an additional 10,458 shares during the period. Finally, Quantitative Investment Management LLC raised its position in Huntington Ingalls Industries by 228.9% in the fourth quarter. Quantitative Investment Management LLC now owns 12,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,585,000 after buying an additional 8,700 shares during the period.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc (HII) designs, builds, overhauls and repairs ships for the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard. The Company is the designer, builder and refueler of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, a builder of amphibious assault and expeditionary warfare ships for the United States Navy and the sole builder of National Security Cutters (NSCs) for the United States Coast Guard.

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