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Woodward (NYSE:WWD) Director Paul Donovan purchased 1,129 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 31st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $42.80 per share, for a total transaction of $48,321.20. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 31,787 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,360,484. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Woodward (NYSE:WWD) traded down 1.06% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $42.85. The stock had a trading volume of 267,349 shares. Woodward has a one year low of $33.49 and a one year high of $46.69. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $44.74 and a 200-day moving average of $41.9. The company has a market cap of $2.880 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.11.

Woodward (NYSE:WWD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 21st. The company reported $0.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $429.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $431.76 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.39 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Woodward will post $2.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Monday, March 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, February 17th will be paid a dividend of 0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.75%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, February 12th.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WWD shares. Analysts at Credit Suisse raised their price target on shares of Woodward from $38.00 to $43.00 in a research note to investors on Tuesday, January 14th. Separately, analysts at Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Woodward in a research note to investors on Wednesday, January 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $52.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Jefferies Group cut their price target on shares of Woodward from $47.00 to $45.00 in a research note to investors on Friday, November 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $44.58.

Woodward, Inc is a designer, manufacturer, and service provider of energy controls and optimization solutions.

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