iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) hit a new 52-week high during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $40.48 and last traded at $40.33, with a volume of 81,209 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $40.08.

Several equities research analysts have recently commented on IRBT shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “sell” rating and issued a $30.00 target price (up previously from $28.00) on shares of iRobot Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $45.00 target price on shares of iRobot Corp. in a research note on Wednesday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $38.00.

The stock has a 50-day moving average of $36.67 and a 200 day moving average of $35.42. The company has a market cap of $1.09 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.93.

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ:IRBT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.17 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.10 by $0.07. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.24 EPS. The firm had revenue of $148.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $148.10 million. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts forecast that iRobot Corp. will post $1.33 earnings per share for the current year.

In other iRobot Corp. news, EVP Glen Daniel Weinstein sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.00, for a total transaction of $40,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 70,481 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,819,240. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Ronald Chwang sold 71,955 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.44, for a total value of $2,765,950.20. Following the transaction, the director now owns 24,993 shares in the company, valued at approximately $960,730.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds and institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its position in iRobot Corp. by 100.8% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 39,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,411,000 after buying an additional 20,010 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in iRobot Corp. by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 46,818 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,657,000 after buying an additional 1,325 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its position in iRobot Corp. by 53.2% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 57,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,050,000 after buying an additional 20,100 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley boosted its position in iRobot Corp. by 17.4% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 331,698 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,741,000 after buying an additional 49,185 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in iRobot Corp. by 1.8% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 191,338 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,773,000 after buying an additional 3,431 shares during the last quarter.

iRobot Corporation is engaged in designing and building robots. The Company sells its products through sales channels to the consumer, defense and security, telemedicine and video collaboration markets. It operates through two segments: the home robots business, and the defense and security robots business.

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