American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS) shares hit a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $16.47 and last traded at $16.44, with a volume of 287,739 shares. The stock had previously closed at $16.45.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised American Capital from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating on shares of American Capital in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Sterne Agee CRT reissued a “buy” rating on shares of American Capital in a research note on Monday, May 16th. Finally, TheStreet raised American Capital from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 25th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. American Capital currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.75.

The stock’s market cap is $3.59 billion. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $15.97 and a 200 day moving average of $15.05.

American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, May 6th. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $162 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $131.08 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.28 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that American Capital Ltd. will post $1.14 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Thomas Mchale sold 9,631 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.92, for a total transaction of $153,325.52. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 171,807 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,735,167.44. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

A number of hedge funds have bought and sold shares of ACAS. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in American Capital by 69.6% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 3,191,182 shares of the company’s stock worth $44,007,000 after buying an additional 1,309,182 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in American Capital by 162.7% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 1,535,383 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,174,000 after buying an additional 950,935 shares during the last quarter. Cibc World Markets Corp acquired a new stake in American Capital during the fourth quarter worth $4,827,000. Airain ltd boosted its stake in American Capital by 87.6% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 261,106 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,601,000 after buying an additional 121,943 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP acquired a new stake in American Capital during the fourth quarter worth $1,241,000.

American Capital, Ltd. (American Capital) is a global asset manager and private equity firm. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and structured products.

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