Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. (NYSE:SWC) traded up 4.4% on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $13.46 and last traded at $13.45, with a volume of 948,176 shares. The stock had previously closed at $12.88.

A number of research firms recently commented on SWC. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Stillwater Mining from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, May 20th. FBR & Co lifted their price target on shares of Stillwater Mining from $13.00 to $17.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Stillwater Mining in a research note on Thursday, June 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $11.96.

The stock’s 50 day moving average is $11.73 and its 200-day moving average is $9.83. The company’s market capitalization is $1.63 billion.

Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, May 6th. The mining company reported ($0.08) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $133.64 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $148.84 million. Stillwater Mining’s revenue was down 33.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.17 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Stillwater Mining Co. will post ($0.03) earnings per share for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have bought and sold shares of SWC. Rhumbline Advisers increased its stake in Stillwater Mining by 5.8% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 193,644 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,660,000 after buying an additional 10,685 shares during the period. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in Stillwater Mining by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 223,624 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $1,916,000 after buying an additional 3,492 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its stake in Stillwater Mining by 43.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 309,957 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $2,656,000 after buying an additional 93,700 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Stillwater Mining by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 316,700 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $2,714,000 after buying an additional 25,500 shares during the period. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in Stillwater Mining by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 812,670 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $6,964,000 after buying an additional 35,885 shares during the period.

Stillwater Mining Company is engaged in the development, extraction, processing, smelting and refining of palladium, platinum and associated metals (platinum group metals or PGMs) produced by mining a geological formation in south-central Montana, the J-M Reef and recycling spent catalytic converters and other industrial sources.

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