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Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) CFO Jason T. Liberty sold 13,531 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Friday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.39, for a total value of $749,482.09. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 21,009 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,163,689. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

RCL has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Nomura reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. They now have a $56.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at SunTrust upgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 14th. They now have a $63.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $54.00. Finally, analysts at Zacks downgraded shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, May 9th. They now have a $54.00 price target on the stock. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Royal Caribbean Cruises presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $56.12.

Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) traded up 0.99% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $55.29. The stock had a trading volume of 1,647,089 shares. Royal Caribbean Cruises has a one year low of $31.37 and a one year high of $56.66. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $52.53 and a 200-day moving average of $49.75. The company has a market cap of $12.281 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.71.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 24th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $1.89 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.90 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.35 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Royal Caribbean Cruises will post $3.40 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th. Investors of record on Tuesday, May 20th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.81%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, May 16th.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE:RCL) is a cruise company.

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