Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) shares saw strong trading volume on Friday . 1,628,168 shares were traded during trading, an increase of 52% from the previous session’s volume of 1,068,632 shares.The stock last traded at $11.96 and had previously closed at $12.94.

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG restated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Bristow Group in a report on Wednesday, June 29th. Barclays PLC upgraded shares of Bristow Group from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $22.00 to $20.00 in a report on Monday, June 6th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Bristow Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 18th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Bristow Group has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.67.

The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $13.55 and its 200 day moving average price is $17.17. The firm’s market capitalization is $427.08 million.

Bristow Group (NYSE:BRS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, May 25th. The company reported $0.13 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.51 by $0.38. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.91 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Bristow Group Inc. will post ($0.52) earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, June 14th were given a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.29%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 10th.

In other Bristow Group news, Director Michael A. Flick bought 5,578 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 7th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $16.36 per share, with a total value of $91,256.08. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 20,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $327,200. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider L. Don Miller bought 3,150 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 2nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $12.69 per share, with a total value of $39,973.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 8,102 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $102,814.38. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

A number of hedge funds have bought and sold shares of the company. Nationwide Fund Advisors increased its stake in Bristow Group by 79.1% in the fourth quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 62,271 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,613,000 after buying an additional 27,507 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in Bristow Group by 61.5% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 76,703 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,987,000 after buying an additional 29,204 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in Bristow Group by 4.7% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 59,220 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,534,000 after buying an additional 2,635 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Bristow Group by 10.6% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 75,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,966,000 after buying an additional 7,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its stake in Bristow Group by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 346,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,976,000 after buying an additional 4,100 shares in the last quarter.

Bristow Group Inc is an industrial aviation services provider and helicopter service provider to the offshore energy industry. The Industrial Aviation Services segment’s operations are conducted primarily through four regions: Europe Caspian, Africa, Americas and Asia Pacific. The Europe Caspian region consists of all its operations and affiliates in Europe and Central Asia, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Turkmenistan.

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