Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID) had its price objective raised by Benchmark Co. from $7.50 to $10.00 in a research note released on Tuesday morning. They currently have a buy rating on the stock.

Other analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Guidance Software from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $6.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 9th. B. Riley reissued a buy rating and set a $8.00 price target on shares of Guidance Software in a research report on Wednesday, November 9th. Roth Capital started coverage on shares of Guidance Software in a research report on Wednesday, November 16th. They set a buy rating and a $10.00 price target for the company. Finally, Imperial Capital raised shares of Guidance Software from an in-line rating to an outperform rating and increased their price target for the company from $5.75 to $7.00 in a research report on Friday, November 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $17.42.

Analyst Recommendations for Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID)

Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID) opened at 7.37 on Tuesday. Guidance Software has a one year low of $4.12 and a one year high of $7.80. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $7.18 and its 200 day moving average is $6.41. The stock’s market cap is $214.40 million.

Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 13th. The company reported $0.09 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.03. The business earned $29.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $28.76 million. Guidance Software had a negative net margin of 18.77% and a negative return on equity of 953.92%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Guidance Software will post $0.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, CAO Der Colff Rasmus Van sold 3,649 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.93, for a total value of $25,287.57. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 144,336 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,000,248.48. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CFO Barry J. Plaga sold 7,671 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $6.93, for a total transaction of $53,160.03. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 403,326 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,795,049.18. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 20,499 shares of company stock valued at $140,773 over the last ninety days. 38.11% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in GUID. Emancipation Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Guidance Software during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,787,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Guidance Software during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $819,000. Boston Partners raised its position in shares of Guidance Software by 52.0% in the third quarter. Boston Partners now owns 253,950 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,514,000 after buying an additional 86,920 shares during the last quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Guidance Software during the second quarter valued at approximately $439,000. Finally, Archon Capital Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Guidance Software during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $468,000. 49.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Guidance Software

Guidance Software, Inc is a technology company. The Company is a provider of endpoint investigation solutions for cybersecurity analytics, security incident response, e-discovery, data privacy and forensic analysis. The Company has five segments, which include Products, Subscription, Professional services, Training and Maintenance.

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