Shares of Ryanair Holdings PLC (NASDAQ:RYAAY) gapped up prior to trading on Friday . The stock had previously closed at $70.52, but opened at $71.00. Ryanair Holdings PLC shares last traded at $72.37, with a volume of 228,536 shares trading hands.

Several analysts recently weighed in on RYAAY shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ryanair Holdings PLC from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Evercore ISI lowered Ryanair Holdings PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $90.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Monday, June 27th. Beaufort Securities reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Ryanair Holdings PLC in a research note on Wednesday, July 6th. Finally, Macquarie raised Ryanair Holdings PLC from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 5th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $92.00.

The stock has a market capitalization of $18.20 billion and a PE ratio of 11.13. The company’s 50 day moving average is $70.24 and its 200-day moving average is $79.00.

A number of large investors recently modified their holdings of RYAAY. State of Wisconsin Investment Board boosted its stake in shares of Ryanair Holdings PLC by 64.0% in the fourth quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 25,457 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,201,000 after buying an additional 9,937 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in shares of Ryanair Holdings PLC by 697.1% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 36,554 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,161,000 after buying an additional 31,968 shares in the last quarter. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund boosted its stake in shares of Ryanair Holdings PLC by 19.5% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 109,894 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,501,000 after buying an additional 17,894 shares in the last quarter.

Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings) is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates a low fare, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between Ireland, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Morocco. The Company’s principal fleet consists of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, each having 189 seats.

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