Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL) was down 2.1% during trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $6.08 and last traded at $6.41, with a volume of 4,825,466 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $6.55.

Several equities research analysts recently commented on HL shares. Royal Bank Of Canada upped their price target on shares of Hecla Mining from $2.50 to $3.25 in a research report on Tuesday, April 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hecla Mining from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.25 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, June 29th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Hecla Mining in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Hecla Mining from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 25th. Finally, FBR & Co upped their price target on shares of Hecla Mining from $3.00 to $4.00 and gave the company a “mkt perform” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $4.26.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $5.64 and its 200-day moving average price is $3.77. The firm’s market cap is $2.50 billion.

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.07 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.05 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $171.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $141.25 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 64.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.05) EPS. Analysts forecast that Hecla Mining Co. will post $0.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Anthony P. Taylor sold 5,000 shares of Hecla Mining stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.09, for a total transaction of $30,450.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 45,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $274,050. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Anthony P. Taylor sold 6,921 shares of Hecla Mining stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.94, for a total transaction of $34,189.74. Following the sale, the director now owns 50,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $247,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have modified their holdings of the company. California State Teachers Retirement System boosted its stake in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 686,324 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,297,000 after buying an additional 12,231 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LLC boosted its stake in shares of Hecla Mining by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Royce & Associates LLC now owns 2,917,818 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,515,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in shares of Hecla Mining by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 544,620 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,029,000 after buying an additional 21,985 shares in the last quarter.

Hecla Mining Company is engaged in discovering, acquiring, developing and producing silver, gold, lead and zinc. The Company and its subsidiaries provide precious and base metals to the United States and around the world. The Company produces lead, zinc and bulk concentrates, which it markets to custom smelters and brokers, and unrefined bullion bars (dore) containing gold and silver at Greens Creek and Casa Berardi.

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