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Hanger (NYSE:HGR) Director Stephen E. Hare acquired 1,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction dated Monday, August 25th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $21.98 per share, for a total transaction of $21,980.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 39,158 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $860,693. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

HGR has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at SunTrust downgraded shares of Hanger from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, August 11th. They now have a $24.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $38.00. Separately, analysts at Jefferies Group cut their price target on shares of Hanger from $41.00 to $30.00 in a research note on Friday, August 8th. Finally, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Hanger in a research note on Monday, July 28th. They now have a $32.00 price target on the stock.

Hanger (NYSE:HGR) traded up 1.10% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $22.10. 93,671 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Hanger has a one year low of $20.42 and a one year high of $40.71. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $27.30 and its 200-day moving average is $31.57. The company has a market cap of $783.9 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.26. Hanger also was the target of a significant decrease in short interest in the month of August. As of August 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,861,475 shares, a decrease of 42.7% from the July 31st total of 3,247,857 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 1,195,940 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.6 days. Currently, 5.5% of the company’s stock are sold short.

Hanger (NYSE:HGR) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 7th. The company reported $0.40 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $275.85 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $285.51 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.52 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Hanger will post $1.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Hanger, Inc, formerly Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc, is a provider of services and products that enhance human physical capabilities.

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