Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) CEO Paul R. Johnston sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.42, for a total value of $277,680.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 46,090 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,199,567.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

Shares of Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ EXPO) traded up 0.50% during trading on Thursday, hitting $69.90. The stock had a trading volume of 155,118 shares. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $66.45 and a 200 day moving average price of $61.36. The company has a market cap of $1.80 billion, a P/E ratio of 36.24 and a beta of 0.62. Exponent, Inc. has a 12 month low of $48.42 and a 12 month high of $70.20.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The business services provider reported $0.51 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $84.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $79.30 million. Exponent had a return on equity of 16.52% and a net margin of 15.94%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.38 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Exponent, Inc. will post $1.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 1st will be paid a $0.21 dividend. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.20%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 30th. Exponent’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.52%.

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A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in EXPO. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in Exponent by 21.8% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 3,209 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $192,000 after buying an additional 575 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in Exponent by 7.0% in the first quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 36,489 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,169,000 after buying an additional 2,374 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP raised its stake in Exponent by 28.0% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 46,475 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $2,768,000 after buying an additional 10,177 shares during the last quarter. US Bancorp DE raised its stake in Exponent by 13.5% in the first quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 6,998 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $417,000 after buying an additional 834 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in Exponent by 5.7% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 401,314 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $23,899,000 after buying an additional 21,735 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.26% of the company’s stock.

EXPO has been the subject of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Exponent from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Cantor Fitzgerald restated a “buy” rating and set a $75.00 price target on shares of Exponent in a report on Thursday, August 31st. ValuEngine upgraded Exponent from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Exponent from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th.

Exponent Company Profile

Exponent, Inc (Exponent), along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. Exponent provides engineering and scientific consulting services to clients around the world. Its service offerings are provided on a project-by-project basis. It operates in two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health.

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