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Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) CEO Larry T. Nicholson sold 14,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, January 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.00, for a total transaction of $602,000.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 298,054 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,816,322. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) traded down 3.74% on Monday, hitting $42.97. 1,496,877 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Ryland Group has a one year low of $33.04 and a one year high of $50.42. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $42.17 and its 200-day moving average is $39.54. The company has a market cap of $1.987 billion and a P/E ratio of 6.57.

Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 31st. The company reported $1.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by $0.14. The company had revenue of $696.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $668.97 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.55 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Ryland Group will post $3.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on RYL shares. Analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Ryland Group from $39.00 to $43.00 in a research note to investors on Monday, January 27th. They now have an “equal weight” rating on the stock. Separately, analysts at Thomson Reuters/Verus upgraded shares of Ryland Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note to investors on Monday, January 13th. Finally, analysts at MKM Partners raised their price target on shares of Ryland Group from $37.00 to $41.00 in a research note to investors on Thursday, January 9th. They now have a “neutral” rating on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Ryland Group has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.47.

The Ryland Group, Inc, is a homebuilders and a mortgage-finance company. In addition, Ryland Mortgage Company and its subsidiaries, and RMC Mortgage Corporation (NYSE:RYL) provide mortgage financing and related services.

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