Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $71.75 and last traded at $71.59, with a volume of 452,659 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $71.20.

A number of brokerages have commented on NDAQ. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on shares of Nasdaq from $64.00 to $69.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods increased their price objective on shares of Nasdaq from $70.00 to $74.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price objective on shares of Nasdaq from $73.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Jefferies Group increased their price objective on shares of Nasdaq from $58.00 to $68.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Barclays PLC decreased their price objective on shares of Nasdaq from $74.00 to $73.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, July 7th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. Nasdaq presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $68.03.

The stock has a market cap of $11.79 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.72. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $66.64 and a 200-day moving average of $64.30.

Nasdaq (NASDAQ:NDAQ) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.91 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.03. The company earned $559 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $548 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.83 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Nasdaq Inc. will post $3.74 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.79%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, September 14th.

In other Nasdaq news, CEO Robert Greifeld sold 100,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.21, for a total transaction of $6,521,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,040,093 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $67,824,464.53. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Lars Wedenborn sold 7,677 shares of the business’s 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 disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have modified their holdings of NDAQ. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Nasdaq by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 9,887,005 shares of the company’s stock valued at $575,128,000 after buying an additional 114,855 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of Nasdaq by 57.3% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 550,846 shares of the company’s stock valued at $32,042,000 after buying an additional 200,737 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 during the last quarter. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department increased its position in shares of Nasdaq by 176.0% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 154,271 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,974,000 after buying an additional 98,380 shares during 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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