Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE:GPK) was up 5.3% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $13.89 and last traded at $13.81, with a volume of 4,348,946 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $13.11.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on GPK shares. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Graphic Packaging Holding from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, April 29th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. started coverage on Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Thursday, May 12th. They set a “buy” rating and a $17.00 price objective for the company. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Sunday, May 8th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of Graphic Packaging Holding in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $15.64.

The firm has a market capitalization of $4.41 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.29. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $12.88 and its 200-day moving average price is $12.65.

Graphic Packaging Holding (NYSE:GPK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.19 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.19. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.19 earnings per share. The company earned $1.10 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.10 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Graphic Packaging Holding Co. will post $0.80 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 5th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, June 15th were given a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.46%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, June 13th.

In other Graphic Packaging Holding news, Chairman David W. Scheible sold 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $13.19, for a total value of $1,319,000.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 1,072,678 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,148,622.82. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Alan R. Nichols sold 79,774 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $13.40, for a total value of $1,068,971.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 229,749 shares in the company, valued at $3,078,636.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have made changes to their positions in GPK. Whittier Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Graphic Packaging Holding by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 114,211 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,465,000 after buying an additional 1,196 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of Graphic Packaging Holding by 2.3% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 117,623 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,508,000 after buying an additional 2,694 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in shares of Graphic Packaging Holding by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 236,899 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,039,000 after buying an additional 5,000 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Graphic Packaging Holding by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 796,527 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,219,000 after buying an additional 13,177 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Trexquant Investment LP increased its stake in shares of Graphic Packaging Holding by 15.9% in the fourth quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 233,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,995,000 after buying an additional 32,000 shares in the last quarter.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a range of products to food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The Company’s segments include Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, Europe Paperboard Packaging, Flexible Packaging, and Corporate and Other.

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