Brokerages Anticipate Heartland Express, Inc

Judith Bessette
Agosto 13, 2017

Several other research firms also recently issued reports on HTLD.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. Equities research analysts forecast that Heartland Express, Inc. will post $0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.20 EPS. The transportation company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.18. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK increased its position in shares of Heartland Express by 41.6% in the first quarter. Zacks Investment Research's earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Heartland Express. Municipal Employees Retirement System of MI now owns 9,890 shares of the transportation company's stock valued at $198,000 after buying an additional 160 shares in the last quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Heartland Express by 7.0% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Heartland Express by 5.5% in the first quarter. Stifel Nicolaus restated a "hold" rating and set a $23.00 target price (up from $19.00) on shares of Heartland Express in a research report on Monday, July 10th. California Public Employees Retirement System now controls 159,600 shares worth $3,323,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of MI now owns 9,890 shares of the transportation company's stock worth $198,000 after buying an additional 160 shares during the period. Heartland Express's revenue was down 19.4% on a year-over-year basis. "(HTLD) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $150.80 Million" was originally published by Week Herald and is owned by of Week Herald. The value of the investment in HTLD increased from $3,455,000 to $6,975,000 a change of 101.9% quarter over quarter. Morgan Stanley reiterated an "underweight" rating on shares of Heartland Express in a report on Tuesday, July 11th.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on HTLD shares. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,752,412 shares of the transportation company's stock worth $115,337,000 after buying an additional 5,748,645 shares during the period.

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Company chares are trading at $20.70 which is a tad under the 50 day moving average which is $21.18 and which is a tad above the 200 day moving average of $20.32. TheStreet lowered Heartland Express from a "b-" rating to a "c+" rating in a research note on Friday, May 26th. Alambic Investment Management L.P. now owns 126,000 shares of the transportation company's stock worth $2,526,000 after buying an additional 72,900 shares during the period. UBS AG upgraded shares of Heartland Express from a "sell" rating to a "neutral" rating and boosted their target price for the company from $20.00 to $22.00 in a research report on Monday, July 10th. The stock now has an average rating of "Hold" and a consensus target price of $16.55.

Heartland Express, Inc. has a one year low of $17.06 and a one year high of $22.69. Investors of record on Friday, June 23rd were paid a $0.02 dividend. This dividend amount represented a yeild of $0.38. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, June 21st. The firm has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.06 and a beta of 0.51. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $21.17 and a 200-day moving average price of $20.31. Institutional investors own 60.03% of the company's stock. The Company is a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier. The Company's truckload services are primarily asset-based transportation services in the dry van truckload market, and it also offers truckload temperature-controlled transportation services and non-asset based brokerage services.

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