Natural Gas Services Group Inc. (NYSE:NGS)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $25.98 and last traded at $25.98, with a volume of 17,974 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $25.25.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on NGS shares. TheStreet raised shares of Natural Gas Services Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Natural Gas Services Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, July 7th. Wunderlich raised their target price on shares of Natural Gas Services Group from $25.00 to $27.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 4th. Finally, Sidoti started coverage on shares of Natural Gas Services Group in a research note on Wednesday, June 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $30.00 target price for the company.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $23.27 and its 200-day moving average price is $21.03. The stock has a market cap of $334.46 million and a PE ratio of 37.09.

Natural Gas Services Group (NYSE:NGS) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 4th. The company reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.04. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.29 earnings per share. The firm earned $21.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $20.05 million. The firm’s revenue was down 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts forecast that Natural Gas Services Group Inc. will post $0.58 EPS for the current year.

In other Natural Gas Services Group news, Director David L. Bradshaw sold 2,500 shares of Natural Gas Services Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.35, for a total value of $60,875.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 16,548 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $402,943.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP James R. Hazlett sold 3,500 shares of Natural Gas Services Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $23.92, for a total transaction of $83,720.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 64,223 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,536,214.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Natural Gas Services Group stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Natural Gas Services Group Inc. (NYSE:NGS) by 3.9% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 996,460 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 37,504 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 7.82% of Natural Gas Services Group worth $22,221,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Natural Gas Services Group, Inc is a provider of small to medium horsepower compression equipment to the natural gas industry. The Company focuses primarily on the non-conventional natural gas and oil production business in the United States, such as coal bed methane, gas shale, tight gas and oil shales.

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