Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) shares reached a new 52-week high during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $68.94 and last traded at $68.66, with a volume of 669,495 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $68.44.

A number of research analysts have commented on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Saturday, April 2nd. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $68.00 target price on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Thursday. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Saturday, June 4th. Barclays PLC reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $71.00 price target (up previously from $70.00) on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $68.00 price target on shares of Nasdaq in a research report on Friday, April 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $66.70.

The company has a market cap of $11.63 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.84. The company’s 50-day moving average is $65.61 and its 200 day moving average is $63.74.

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.91 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.03. The business earned $559 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $548 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Nasdaq Inc. will post $3.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 16th will be paid a $0.32 dividend. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.81%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 14th.

In other news, Director Lars Wedenborn sold 7,677 shares of Nasdaq stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.50, for a total value of $502,843.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 4,350 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $284,925. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Thomas A. Wittman sold 24,893 shares of Nasdaq stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, July 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.08, for a total value of $1,669,822.44. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 64,956 shares in the company, valued at $4,357,248.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NDAQ. Schroder Investment Management Group raised its position in Nasdaq by 11.5% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 1,781,436 shares of the company’s stock valued at $103,626,000 after buying an additional 184,386 shares in the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK raised its position in Nasdaq by 17.6% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 33,257 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,965,000 after buying an additional 4,968 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. raised its position in Nasdaq by 9.8% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 182,379 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,608,000 after buying an additional 16,324 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in Nasdaq by 36.7% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 497,341 shares of the company’s stock valued at $28,931,000 after buying an additional 133,559 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. raised its position in Nasdaq by 357.3% in the fourth quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 243,750 shares of the company’s stock valued at $14,179,000 after buying an additional 190,445 shares in the last quarter.

Nasdaq, Inc (Nasdaq), formerly The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc, is a holding company. The Company is a provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, regulatory, securities listing, information and public company services across approximately six continents. The Company manages, operates and provides its products and services through four segments: Market Services, Listing Services, Information Services and Technology Solutions.

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