Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday. They currently have $96.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock.

According to Zacks, “Proto Labs, Inc. is an online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. It produces CNC machined and injection molded plastic parts. Proto Labs targets their services to product developers who use three-dimensional computer-aided design to develop products across a diverse range of end-markets. The Company has locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, and Spain. Proto Labs, Inc. is headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota. “

A number of other equities research analysts have also issued reports on PRLB. BidaskClub lowered Proto Labs from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a hold rating and issued a $67.00 price target on shares of Proto Labs in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $69.33.

Proto Labs (NYSE PRLB) traded up $0.60 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $85.70. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 66,904 shares, compared to its average volume of 143,409. Proto Labs has a 52 week low of $44.00 and a 52 week high of $89.95. The stock has a market cap of $2,267.56, a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.63, a P/E/G ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 1.03.

Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The industrial products company reported $0.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.04. Proto Labs had a return on equity of 11.63% and a net margin of 14.53%. The company had revenue of $88.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $85.68 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.51 EPS. Proto Labs’s quarterly revenue was up 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Proto Labs will post 1.9 EPS for the current year.

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Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Proto Labs by 146,773.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,905,155 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $148,453,000 after purchasing an additional 2,903,177 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Proto Labs by 2.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,176,051 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $146,339,000 after purchasing an additional 56,724 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its position in shares of Proto Labs by 411.4% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,301,429 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $87,521,000 after purchasing an additional 1,046,960 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund grew its position in shares of Proto Labs by 0.8% in the second quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 638,269 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $42,924,000 after purchasing an additional 4,934 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp grew its position in shares of Proto Labs by 5.2% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 595,748 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $40,063,000 after purchasing an additional 29,561 shares in the last quarter.

Proto Labs Company Profile

Proto Labs, Inc is an e-commerce driven digital manufacturer of on-demand three dimensional (3D) printed, computer numerical control (CNC) machined and injection-molded custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. The Company’s geographic segments include the United States, Europe and Japan.

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