Shares of Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the ten analysts that are covering the company. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $49.88.

HXL has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity set a $48.00 price target on Hexcel Corp. and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $44.00 price target on shares of Hexcel Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, August 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised Hexcel Corp. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. downgraded Hexcel Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $50.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Friday, July 29th.

Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) traded up 1.02% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $42.47. The company had a trading volume of 684,475 shares. Hexcel Corp. has a 12 month low of $37.54 and a 12 month high of $48.33. The stock has a market cap of $3.93 billion, a PE ratio of 17.64 and a beta of 0.98. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $43.89 and its 200-day moving average price is $43.71.

Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 20th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.65 by $0.05. Hexcel Corp. had a return on equity of 19.06% and a net margin of 11.87%. The firm had revenue of $522.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $504.31 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.63 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.9% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Hexcel Corp. will post $2.54 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Hexcel Corp. news, Director David Charles Hill sold 1,188 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.47, for a total transaction of $52,830.36. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Thierry Merlot sold 8,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.01, for a total transaction of $387,086.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 26,413 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,188,849.13. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.80% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Hexcel Corp. during the second quarter valued at about $108,000. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of Hexcel Corp. by 126.7% in the second quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 2,627 shares of the company’s stock valued at $109,000 after buying an additional 1,468 shares during the period. Pinkerton Retirement Specialists LLC bought a new stake in shares of Hexcel Corp. during the second quarter valued at about $119,000. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Hexcel Corp. during the second quarter valued at about $207,000. Finally, Conestoga Capital Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Hexcel Corp. during the third quarter valued at about $208,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 98.27% of the company’s stock.

About Hexcel Corp.

Hexcel Corporation is a composites company. The Company develops, manufactures and markets structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered honeycomb and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial markets.

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