Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) saw strong trading volume on Friday . 13,539,006 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 4% from the previous session’s volume of 12,968,396 shares.The stock last traded at $42.29 and had previously closed at $41.27.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. B. Riley reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $38.00 target price on shares of Yahoo in a research report on Sunday, April 17th. S&P Equity Research downgraded Yahoo to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, April 17th. Pacific Crest reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Yahoo in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. Cantor Fitzgerald reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Yahoo in a research report on Saturday, July 9th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating on shares of Yahoo in a research report on Sunday, July 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-one have given a hold rating and twenty have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $40.46.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $38.32 and a 200-day moving average of $35.56. The stock’s market cap is $40.73 billion.

Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) last announced its earnings results on Monday, July 18th. The digital content provider reported $0.09 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.10 by $0.01. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.16 earnings per share. The firm had revenue of $842 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.08 billion. The business’s revenue was down 19.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Yahoo Inc. will post $0.49 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CRO Lisa Utzschneider sold 820 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.04, for a total value of $29,552.80. Following the completion of the sale, the executive now directly owns 630,643 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $22,728,373.72. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Several large investors have made changes to their positions in the stock. Calvert Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Yahoo by 36.2% in the fourth quarter. Calvert Investment Management Inc. now owns 43,420 shares of the digital content provider’s stock worth $1,444,000 after buying an additional 11,550 shares during the last quarter. Andra AP fonden boosted its stake in shares of Yahoo by 30.5% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 53,500 shares of the digital content provider’s stock worth $1,779,000 after buying an additional 12,500 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd boosted its stake in shares of Yahoo by 102.1% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 181,002 shares of the digital content provider’s stock worth $6,020,000 after buying an additional 91,461 shares during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Yahoo by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 426,726 shares of the digital content provider’s stock worth $14,193,000 after buying an additional 4,535 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of Tennessee Treasury Department boosted its stake in shares of Yahoo by 12.7% in the fourth quarter. State of Tennessee Treasury Department now owns 994,311 shares of the digital content provider’s stock worth $33,071,000 after buying an additional 111,711 shares during the last quarter.

Yahoo! Inc (Yahoo), along with its subsidiaries, is engaged in digital information discovery. The Company’s segments include the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific. The Company focuses on informing, connecting and entertaining its users with its search (Yahoo search), communications, including Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Messenger, and digital content products, including Tumblr, and its four verticals, such as Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Lifestyle.

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