Shares of American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACAS) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The stock traded as high as $16.53 and last traded at $16.48, with a volume of 472,359 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $16.47.

Several analysts have commented on ACAS shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded American Capital from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 19th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating on shares of American Capital in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. Sterne Agee CRT reissued a “buy” rating on shares of American Capital in a report on Monday, May 16th. Finally, TheStreet raised American Capital from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 25th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.75.

The company’s market cap is $3.60 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $16.05 and a 200 day moving average price of $15.16.

American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, May 6th. The company reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.28 by $0.12. The business earned $162 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $131.08 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.28 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that American Capital Ltd. will post $1.14 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, EVP Thomas Mchale sold 9,631 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.92, for a total value of $153,325.52. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 171,807 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,735,167.44. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

Other institutional investors have modified their holdings of the company. Globeflex Capital L P increased its position in shares of American Capital by 114.3% in the fourth quarter. Globeflex Capital L P now owns 81,470 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,123,000 after buying an additional 43,450 shares during the period. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP acquired a new position in shares of American Capital during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,241,000. Marshall Wace LLP increased its position in shares of American Capital by 450.0% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 98,014 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,351,000 after buying an additional 80,194 shares during the period. Airain ltd increased its position in shares of American Capital by 87.6% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 261,106 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,601,000 after buying an additional 121,943 shares during the period. Finally, Cibc World Markets Corp acquired a new position in shares of American Capital during the fourth quarter worth approximately $4,827,000.

American Capital, Ltd. (American Capital) is a global asset manager and private equity firm. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and structured products.

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