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Forward Air Corp. (NASDAQ:FWRD) VP Chris C. Ruble unloaded 2,254 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Thursday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.25, for a total value of $101,993.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 11,441 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $517,705. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on FWRD shares. Analysts at Stephens upgraded shares of Forward Air Corp. from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 13th. They now have a $55.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $40.00. Analysts at Avondale Partners upgraded shares of Forward Air Corp. from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $43.57.

Forward Air Corp. (NASDAQ:FWRD) opened at 45.24 on Tuesday. Forward Air Corp. has a one year low of $35.93 and a one year high of $46.66. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $43.85 and its 200-day moving average is $40.8. The company has a market cap of $1.381 billion and a P/E ratio of 25.55.

Forward Air Corp. (NASDAQ:FWRD) last released its earnings data on Tuesday, February 11th. The company reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.55 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $181.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $183.45 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.54 earnings per share. Forward Air Corp.’s revenue was up 16.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Forward Air Corp. will post $2.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Monday, March 24th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 10th will be given a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 6th. This is a boost from Forward Air Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10.

Forward Air Corporation operates in two segments: Forward Air, Inc (NASDAQ:FWRD) and Forward Air Solutions, Inc (FASI).

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