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Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) COO Edwin D. Johnson purchased 3,000 shares of the company’s stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 3rd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $4.29 per share, for a total transaction of $12,870.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 198,977 shares in the company, valued at approximately $853,611. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

A number of research firms have recently commented on CWST. Analysts at Macquarie cut their price target on shares of Casella Waste Systems from $5.50 to $4.75 in a research note on Friday, August 29th. Separately, analysts at Raymond James reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Casella Waste Systems in a research note on Friday, August 29th. Finally, analysts at KeyCorp reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Casella Waste Systems in a research note on Friday, August 29th. They now have a $7.50 price target on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $5.85.

Shares of Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) traded down 3.84% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $4.26. The stock had a trading volume of 134,536 shares. Casella Waste Systems has a one year low of $4.33 and a one year high of $6.20. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $4.8 and its 200-day moving average is $5.13. The company’s market cap is $172.3 million.

Casella Waste Systems (NASDAQ:CWST) last released its earnings data on Wednesday, August 27th. The company reported ($0.01) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of ($0.01). The company had revenue of $141.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $132.93 million. Analysts expect that Casella Waste Systems will post $-0.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc is a vertically integrated solid waste, recycling, and resource management services company.

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