Exponent Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPO) declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, October 20th. Investors of record on Friday, December 2nd will be paid a dividend of 0.18 per share on Friday, December 23rd. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 30th.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) opened at 62.45 on Friday. Exponent has a 12 month low of $44.82 and a 12 month high of $63.30. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $56.01 and a 200 day moving average price of $53.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.60 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.10 and a beta of 0.65.

Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 19th. The company reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.34 by $0.08. Exponent had a return on equity of 15.72% and a net margin of 15.06%. The company had revenue of $77.60 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $74.46 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.43 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Exponent will post $1.70 earnings per share for the current year.

Dividend History for Exponent (NASDAQ:EXPO)

In other news, Director Stephen C. Riggins sold 2,386 shares of Exponent stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.95, for a total transaction of $135,882.70. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 2,650 shares in the company, valued at approximately $150,917.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Richard L. Schlenker, Jr. sold 14,557 shares of Exponent stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.98, for a total transaction of $829,457.86. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 183,152 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,436,000.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 3.50% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. ProShare Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Exponent during the second quarter worth about $217,000. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of Exponent during the second quarter valued at about $107,000. Raymond James & Associates increased its position in shares of Exponent by 5.2% in the second quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 78,968 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,613,000 after buying an additional 3,872 shares in the last quarter. Axiom International Investors LLC DE increased its position in shares of Exponent by 7.0% in the second quarter. Axiom International Investors LLC DE now owns 86,808 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,070,000 after buying an additional 5,692 shares in the last quarter. Finally, WBI Investments Inc. bought a new position in shares of Exponent during the second quarter valued at about $2,294,000. Institutional investors own 92.79% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on EXPO shares. Cantor Fitzgerald started coverage on Exponent in a report on Friday, August 26th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $57.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised Exponent from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 20th.

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About Exponent

Exponent, Inc, along with its subsidiaries, is a science and engineering consulting company. The Company operates through two segments: Engineering and Other Scientific, and Environmental and Health. Its Engineering and Other Scientific segment includes biomechanics, biomedical engineering, buildings and structures, civil engineering, construction consulting, electrical engineering and computer science, engineering management consulting, human factors, industrial structures, materials and corrosion engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science and materials chemistry, technology development, thermal sciences and vehicle analysis services.

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