Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK) CFO Patrick P. Goris sold 527 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $190.57, for a total value of $100,430.39. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Shares of Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE ROK) traded down $3.10 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $187.68. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,155,929 shares, compared to its average volume of 878,255. Rockwell Automation, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $133.61 and a fifty-two week high of $210.72. The company has a current ratio of 2.06, a quick ratio of 1.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The company has a market cap of $24,220.00, a P/E ratio of 28.22, a P/E/G ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 1.23.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The industrial products company reported $1.69 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.72 by ($0.03). Rockwell Automation had a return on equity of 38.67% and a net margin of 13.08%. The company had revenue of $1.67 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.67 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.52 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Rockwell Automation, Inc. will post 7.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 11th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 13th will be paid a $0.835 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 10th. This represents a $3.34 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. This is an increase from Rockwell Automation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.76. Rockwell Automation’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 52.52%.

ROK has been the subject of several research reports. Wolfe Research upgraded Rockwell Automation from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, November 20th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Rockwell Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Oppenheimer reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. ValuEngine downgraded Rockwell Automation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, Citigroup reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $187.00 price target (up previously from $175.00) on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $165.00.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. AXA boosted its stake in Rockwell Automation by 15.1% in the 3rd quarter. AXA now owns 433,363 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $77,229,000 after purchasing an additional 56,835 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP boosted its stake in Rockwell Automation by 109.9% in the 3rd quarter. GSA Capital Partners LLP now owns 6,296 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $1,122,000 after purchasing an additional 3,296 shares during the period. Moors & Cabot Inc. boosted its stake in Rockwell Automation by 12.7% in the 3rd quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 4,000 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $714,000 after purchasing an additional 450 shares during the period. IFM Investors Pty Ltd bought a new position in Rockwell Automation in the 3rd quarter worth about $696,000. Finally, Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Rockwell Automation by 2.9% during the 3rd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 550,396 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $98,086,000 after acquiring an additional 15,635 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.04% of the company’s stock.

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Rockwell Automation Company Profile

Rockwell Automation, Inc (Rockwell Automation) is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise.

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