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Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) major shareholder Cascade Investment Llc acquired 583,800 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 19th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $39.16 per share, with a total value of $22,861,608.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 100,334,844 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,929,112,491. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Major shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) traded up 0.13% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $39.55. The stock had a trading volume of 863,474 shares. Republic Services has a 1-year low of $31.42 and a 1-year high of $39.54. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $37.86 and its 200-day moving average is $35.56. The company has a market cap of $16.364 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.82.

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 24th. The company reported $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.19 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.43 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Republic Services will post $1.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 1st will be paid a dividend of $0.28 per share. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.83%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 29th. This is a positive change from Republic Services’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26.

A number of research firms have recently commented on RSG. Analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Republic Services in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $39.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Imperial Capital raised their price target on shares of Republic Services from $41.00 to $43.50 in a research note on Friday, July 25th. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Raymond James upgraded shares of Republic Services from a “market perform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 10th. They now have a $42.00 price target on the stock. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $39.10.

Republic Services, Inc (NYSE:RSG) is a provider of services in the domestic non-hazardous solid waste industry.

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