Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “Rosetta Stone Inc., based in Arlington, Va, is a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions consisting of software, online services and audio practice tools, primarily under the Rosetta Stone brand. Rosetta Stone offers its self-study language learning solutions in 31 languages. Its customers include individuals, educational institutions, armed forces, government agencies and corporations. Rosetta Stone, Inc. also provides an online peer-to-peer practice environment, known as SharedTalk, at www.sharedtalk.com, where registered language learners meet for language exchange to practice their foreign language skills. As the leading language-learning software in the world, Rosetta Stone makes learning a new language second nature. Millions of learners in more than 150 countries have already used the company’s software to gain the confidence that comes with truly knowing a new language. “

Separately, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Rosetta Stone from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 29th.

Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) traded up $0.21 during trading on Thursday, hitting $12.19. 117,100 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 135,050. The firm has a market capitalization of $267.15, a PE ratio of -29.02 and a beta of 0.82. Rosetta Stone has a 12 month low of $7.41 and a 12 month high of $13.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -1.36, a current ratio of 0.62 and a quick ratio of 0.59.

In other news, Director David Nierenberg sold 200,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.01, for a total value of $2,402,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 13.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in RST. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in Rosetta Stone by 170.2% during the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 131,826 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $1,421,000 after purchasing an additional 83,031 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its holdings in Rosetta Stone by 8.3% during the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 20,632 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $222,000 after purchasing an additional 1,575 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its holdings in Rosetta Stone by 16.3% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 68,973 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $744,000 after purchasing an additional 9,675 shares during the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. acquired a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $378,000. Finally, AXA acquired a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $141,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc (Rosetta Stone) offers personalized language and reading programs. The Company’s solutions are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and individuals around the world. Its segments include Enterprise & Education, which derives revenues from sales to educational institutions, corporations and government agencies worldwide, and Consumer, which derives revenue from sales to individuals and retail partners.

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