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Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) major shareholder Cascade Investment Llc bought 120,541 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 20th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $39.49 per share, for a total transaction of $4,760,164.09. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 100,455,385 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,966,983,154. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Large shareholders that own more than 10% of a company’s shares are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Shares of Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) traded down 0.53% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $39.34. 1,118,531 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Republic Services has a 52-week low of $31.42 and a 52-week high of $39.61. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $37.91 and a 200-day moving average of $35.58. The company has a market cap of $13.993 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.84.

Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) last announced its earnings results 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. On average, analysts predict that Republic Services will post $1.97 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th. Stockholders 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 2.85%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, September 29th. This is a boost from Republic Services’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26.

RSG has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. 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 equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus 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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