BWX Technologies Inc (NYSE:BWXT)’s share price hit a new 52-week low on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as $41.31 and last traded at $41.98, with a volume of 19763 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $43.31.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on BWXT shares. Bank of America reduced their price objective on BWX Technologies from $70.00 to $58.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, November 8th. ValuEngine lowered BWX Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered BWX Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 15th. SunTrust Banks lowered BWX Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the company from $79.00 to $48.00 in a report on Wednesday, November 7th. Finally, Maxim Group started coverage on BWX Technologies in a report on Tuesday, November 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $60.00 price objective for the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $59.56.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.93, a current ratio of 1.90 and a quick ratio of 1.90. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.43 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.58.

BWX Technologies (NYSE:BWXT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 6th. The technology company reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by ($0.22). BWX Technologies had a return on equity of 66.38% and a net margin of 10.81%. The company had revenue of $425.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $461.26 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.46 earnings per share. BWX Technologies’s revenue was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts predict that BWX Technologies Inc will post 2.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 13th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 20th will be issued a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 19th. BWX Technologies’s payout ratio is currently 31.22%.

In other news, CFO David S. Black sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.29, for a total value of $46,290.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Rex D. Geveden purchased 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $41.49 per share, with a total value of $103,725.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 28,595 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,186,406.55. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold 3,000 shares of company stock valued at $165,510 over the last ninety days. Corporate insiders own 0.52% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Capital World Investors purchased a new stake in shares of BWX Technologies in the third quarter worth $71,802,000. William Blair Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of BWX Technologies by 15.9% in the third quarter. William Blair Investment Management LLC now owns 6,647,175 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $415,715,000 after buying an additional 911,880 shares in the last quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC purchased a new stake in shares of BWX Technologies in the second quarter worth $56,761,000. Brown Advisory Inc. raised its position in shares of BWX Technologies by 12.5% in the third quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 5,076,657 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $317,494,000 after buying an additional 563,539 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Baird Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of BWX Technologies in the second quarter worth $32,951,000. 96.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About BWX Technologies (NYSE:BWXT)

BWX Technologies, Inc manufactures and sells nuclear components to the United States government. The company operates in three segments: Nuclear Operations, Technical Services, and Nuclear Energy. The Nuclear Operations segment offers precision naval nuclear components and reactors; close-tolerance and equipment for nuclear applications; and components for defense applications, as well as critical nuclear components, fuels, and assemblies for government and other uses.

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