Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL)’s share price was down 1.1% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as low as $6.10 and last traded at $6.13, with a volume of 3,750,690 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.20.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on HL shares. Deutsche Bank AG lowered Hecla Mining from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $2.90 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, March 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Hecla Mining from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $3.25 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 29th. CIBC lowered Hecla Mining from a “sector outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and upped their target price for the company from $2.50 to $2.75 in a research report on Friday, April 8th. Scotiabank lowered Hecla Mining from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, April 11th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada upped their target price on Hecla Mining from $2.50 to $3.25 in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $4.26.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $5.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $3.42. The stock’s market capitalization is $2.25 billion.

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.01 by $0.01. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.03 earnings per share. The firm earned $131 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $132.78 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts predict that Hecla Mining Co. will post $0.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Anthony P. Taylor sold 6,921 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.94, for a total transaction of $34,189.74. Following the transaction, the director now owns 50,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $247,000. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director George R. Nethercutt, Jr. sold 40,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.00, for a total value of $200,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 60,536 shares in the company, valued at approximately $302,680. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the stock. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 686,324 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,297,000 after buying an additional 12,231 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 544,620 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,029,000 after buying an additional 21,985 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Royce & Associates LLC raised its position in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 2,917,818 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,515,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares in the last quarter.

Hecla Mining Company is engaged in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing silver, gold, lead and zinc. The Company operates in three segments: the Greens Creek, Lucky Friday, and Casa Berardi units. It focuses on its San Sebastian project, which is located in Mexico; North Idaho’s Silver Valley, which is located in Coeur d’Alene Mining District; Greens Creek unit on Alaska’s Admiralty Island, which is located near Juneau; the silver-producing district near Durango, which is located in Mexico; the Abitibi region of north-western Quebec, which is located in Canada, and the Creede district of Southwestern Colorado.

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