Sturm Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR) shares rose 1.7% on Monday . The company traded as high as $68.50 and last traded at $68.15, with a volume of 86,289 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $67.02.

RGR has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. BB&T Corp. lowered Sturm Ruger & Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Sturm Ruger & Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $66.67.

The company has a 50-day moving average of $63.77 and a 200-day moving average of $65.27. The company has a market capitalization of $1.31 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.14.

Sturm Ruger & Co. (NYSE:RGR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 2nd. The company reported $1.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.25. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.81 earnings per share. The business had revenue of $173.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $147.40 million. Sturm Ruger & Co.’s quarterly revenue was up 26.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Sturm Ruger & Co. will post $3.78 EPS for the current year.

A number of large investors have added to or reduced their stakes in the company. GSA Capital Partners LLP increased its stake in Sturm Ruger & Co. by 5.2% in the fourth quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 38,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,277,000 after buying an additional 1,900 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 123,374 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,354,000 after buying an additional 5,418 shares during the period. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC increased its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 6.1% in the fourth quarter. Freestone Capital Holdings LLC now owns 17,625 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,051,000 after buying an additional 1,019 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 4.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 30,840 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,838,000 after buying an additional 1,310 shares during the period. Finally, KBC Group NV increased its position in shares of Sturm Ruger & Co. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 20,195 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,204,000 after buying an additional 152 shares during the period.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc and subsidiary, is engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of firearms to domestic customers. The Company operates through two segments: firearms and castings. The firearms segment manufactures and sells rifles, pistols and revolvers to a range of federally licensed, independent wholesale distributors located in the United States.

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