Esco Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ESE) hit a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The stock traded as high as $43.41 and last traded at $43.12, with a volume of 33,126 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $43.01.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on ESE. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Esco Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 5th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Esco Technologies in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Finally, BB&T Corp. increased their target price on shares of Esco Technologies from $43.00 to $45.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 4th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $41.67.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $41.17 and a 200-day moving average price of $38.30. The company has a market cap of $1.11 billion and a PE ratio of 26.50.

Esco Technologies (NYSE:ESE) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 3rd. The company reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.35 by $0.05. The company earned $138.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $137.25 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.44 EPS. Esco Technologies’s revenue was up 7.8% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts predict that Esco Technologies Inc. will post $1.99 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, July 5th were paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, June 30th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.74%.

A number of large investors have made changes to their positions in the company. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Esco Technologies by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 44,724 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,616,000 after buying an additional 1,220 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Esco Technologies by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 169,946 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,142,000 after buying an additional 5,723 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in shares of Esco Technologies by 22.8% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 573,867 shares of the company’s stock valued at $20,739,000 after buying an additional 106,544 shares during the period. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Esco Technologies by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 48,321 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,746,000 after buying an additional 771 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Esco Technologies by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,539,812 shares of the company’s stock valued at $55,650,000 after buying an additional 100,427 shares during the period.

ESCO Technologies Inc is engaged in the production of engineered products and systems. The Company’s products are sold around the world for utility, industrial, aerospace and commercial applications. It conducts its business in three segments: Filtration/Fluid Flow (Filtration), RF Shielding and Test (Test) and Utility Solutions Group (USG).

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