W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) shares saw unusually-high trading volume on Friday . Approximately 1,031,628 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 106% from the previous session’s volume of 501,398 shares.The stock last traded at $74.80 and had previously closed at $75.47.

GRA has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Monness Crespi & Hardt lifted their price target on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. from $80.00 to $86.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of W.R. Grace & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 14th. KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 price target on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted their price target on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. from $77.00 to $83.00 in a report on Tuesday, April 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $90.00.

The stock has a market cap of $5.28 billion and a PE ratio of 60.48. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $75.09 and a 200-day moving average of $75.47.

W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $362.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $396 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.82 EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that W.R. Grace & Co. will post $3.09 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, VP Mark A. Shelnitz sold 34,810 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.67, for a total transaction of $2,668,882.70. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 72,360 shares in the company, valued at $5,547,841.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Diane H. Gulyas purchased 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $78.33 per share, for a total transaction of $78,330.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,349 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $497,317.17. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Standard Life Investments LTD increased its position in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD now owns 1,103,013 shares of the company’s stock worth $109,844,000 after buying an additional 21,955 shares during the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC increased its position in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 256.8% in the fourth quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 836,854 shares of the company’s stock worth $83,342,000 after buying an additional 602,337 shares during the last quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP increased its position in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 179.8% in the fourth quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 728,163 shares of the company’s stock worth $72,518,000 after buying an additional 467,908 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 14.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 250,681 shares of the company’s stock worth $24,965,000 after buying an additional 32,043 shares during the last quarter. Finally, UBS Oconnor LLC increased its position in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 37.7% in the fourth quarter. UBS Oconnor LLC now owns 192,274 shares of the company’s stock worth $19,149,000 after buying an additional 52,629 shares during the last quarter.

W.R. Grace & Co (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The Company operates in three segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace Construction Products. Its Grace Catalysts Technologies segment produces and sells catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications, including Fluid catalytic cracking catalysts, Hydroprocessing catalysts, and Polyolefin catalysts and catalyst supports.

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