Stillwater Mining Co. (NYSE:SWC) fell 2.4% on Friday . The stock traded as low as $14.67 and last traded at $14.81, with a volume of 1,031,955 shares. The stock had previously closed at $15.18.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on SWC. RBC Capital Markets reissued a “sector perform” rating and issued a $16.00 price objective (up previously from $11.00) on shares of Stillwater Mining in a report on Monday, August 1st. FBR & Co raised their target price on Stillwater Mining from $17.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 1st. Royal Bank Of Canada raised their target price on Stillwater Mining from $11.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 1st. BMO Capital Markets set a $17.00 target price on Stillwater Mining and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Stillwater Mining from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Stillwater Mining has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.39.

The firm’s market capitalization is $1.79 billion. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.30 and its 200 day moving average price is $10.58.

Stillwater Mining (NYSE:SWC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 29th. The mining company reported $0.01 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.01) by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $165.68 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $157.35 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted ($0.23) EPS. The firm’s revenue was down 10.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Stillwater Mining Co. will post ($0.01) earnings per share for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of SWC. Piermont Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Stillwater Mining during the fourth quarter worth approximately $1,209,000. RS Investment Management Co. LLC boosted its stake in Stillwater Mining by 63,303.1% in the fourth quarter. RS Investment Management Co. LLC now owns 805,220 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $6,901,000 after buying an additional 803,950 shares during the period. State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its stake in Stillwater Mining by 43.3% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 309,957 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $2,656,000 after buying an additional 93,700 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. boosted its stake in Stillwater Mining by 4.6% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 812,670 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $6,964,000 after buying an additional 35,885 shares during the period. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System boosted its stake in Stillwater Mining by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 316,700 shares of the mining company’s stock worth $2,714,000 after buying an additional 25,500 shares during the period.

Stillwater Mining Company is engaged in the development, extraction, processing, smelting and refining of palladium, platinum and associated metals, such as platinum group metals (PGM) produced by mining a geological formation in south-central Montana, the J-M Reef and recycling spent catalytic converters and other industrial sources.

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