Shares of Cintas Co. (NASDAQ:CTAS) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the thirteen brokerages that are covering the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and five have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $128.00.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on CTAS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Cintas from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $140.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, March 20th. Robert W. Baird reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $143.00 price objective (up previously from $135.00) on shares of Cintas in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd. Barclays PLC boosted their price objective on shares of Cintas from $130.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd. Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their price objective on shares of Cintas from $117.00 to $129.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG boosted their price objective on shares of Cintas from $120.00 to $125.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd.

Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) traded up 0.53% on Tuesday, hitting $122.38. The stock had a trading volume of 117,853 shares. Cintas has a 1-year low of $91.24 and a 1-year high of $128.85. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.89 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.38 and a beta of 0.87. The company’s 50 day moving average is $122.59 and its 200-day moving average is $118.48.

Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, March 22nd. The business services provider reported $1.11 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.04. Cintas had a net margin of 10.37% and a return on equity of 24.80%. The company had revenue of $1.28 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.28 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.05 earnings per share. Cintas’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Cintas will post $4.53 EPS for the current year.

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In other news, CFO J. Michael Hansen sold 5,477 shares of Cintas stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.72, for a total value of $688,568.44. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 40,974 shares in the company, valued at $5,151,251.28. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Treasurer Paul F. Adler sold 4,030 shares of Cintas stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $122.26, for a total transaction of $492,707.80. Following the completion of the sale, the treasurer now owns 5,529 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $675,975.54. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 21,007 shares of company stock valued at $2,644,421 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 19.10% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of Cintas by 1,737.2% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,465,344 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $818,121,000 after buying an additional 6,113,425 shares in the last quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership raised its stake in shares of Cintas by 385.2% in the fourth quarter. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership now owns 970,364 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $112,135,000 after buying an additional 770,364 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Cintas during the fourth quarter worth approximately $66,269,000. Congress Asset Management Co. MA bought a new stake in shares of Cintas during the fourth quarter worth approximately $63,718,000. Finally, MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd bought a new stake in shares of Cintas during the first quarter worth approximately $57,378,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 66.28% of the company’s stock.

About Cintas

Cintas Corporation is a provider of corporate identity uniforms through rental and sales programs, as well as a provider of related business services, including entrance mats, restroom cleaning services and supplies, carpet and tile cleaning services, first aid and safety services and fire protection products and services.

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