Heska (HSKA) Rating Lowered to Sell at BidaskClub
Heska (NASDAQ:HSKA) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Saturday.
HSKA has been the topic of a number of other reports. Canaccord Genuity initiated coverage on Heska in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. They set a “buy” rating and a $115.00 target price on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Heska from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 4th. B. Riley decreased their target price on Heska from $96.50 to $93.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Raymond James Financial reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Heska in a research report on Monday, December 4th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $113.30.
Shares of Heska (NASDAQ HSKA) opened at $79.00 on Friday. Heska has a 1 year low of $66.51 and a 1 year high of $115.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $570.86, a PE ratio of 42.92, a P/E/G ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.75.
In other Heska news, insider Michael J. Mcginley sold 7,826 shares of Heska stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.14, for a total transaction of $681,957.64. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 106,771 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,304,024.94. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 14.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in HSKA. Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Heska by 34.2% in the 3rd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 603,469 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $53,160,000 after acquiring an additional 153,895 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Heska by 47.0% in the 1st quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 350,609 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $36,807,000 after acquiring an additional 112,115 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Heska by 115.5% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 120,174 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $12,266,000 after acquiring an additional 64,418 shares in the last quarter. Geneva Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Heska by 565.4% in the 2nd quarter. Geneva Advisors LLC now owns 75,499 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $7,706,000 after acquiring an additional 64,153 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Fred Alger Management Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Heska by 133.8% in the 2nd quarter. Fred Alger Management Inc. now owns 97,229 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $9,924,000 after acquiring an additional 55,647 shares in the last quarter. 81.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
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Heska Corporation sells veterinary diagnostic and specialty products. The Company operates through two segments: Core Companion Animal Health (CCA) and Other Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals and Products (OVP). The CCA segment includes, primarily for canine and feline use, blood testing instruments and supplies, digital imaging products, software and services, local and cloud-based data services, allergy testing and immunotherapy, and single use offerings, such as in-clinic diagnostic tests and heartworm preventive products.
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