Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. OH raised its stake in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) by 3.4% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 238,179 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 7,818 shares during the period. Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc. OH’s holdings in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock were worth $19,259,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WWD. HighPoint Advisor Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $218,000. Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $283,000. First Hawaiian Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $287,000. GAM Holding AG lifted its position in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 24.0% in the 2nd quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 3,851 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $296,000 after purchasing an additional 746 shares during the period. Finally, Zions Bancorporation purchased a new stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $304,000. 73.66% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NASDAQ WWD opened at $80.36 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 1.89 and a quick ratio of 0.96. The company has a market cap of $5.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.87, a PEG ratio of 1.47 and a beta of 1.32. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has a 52 week low of $68.56 and a 52 week high of $89.30.

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 7th. The technology company reported $1.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.31 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $719.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $689.01 million. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock had a net margin of 7.76% and a return on equity of 16.80%. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s revenue was up 18.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.98 EPS. Research analysts forecast that Woodward, Inc.Common Stock will post 4.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 27th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 13th will be paid a dividend of $0.1425 per share. This represents a $0.57 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.71%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 9th. This is a positive change from Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s payout ratio is 14.81%.

In other Woodward, Inc.Common Stock news, CFO Robert F. Weber, Jr. sold 10,865 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.14, for a total transaction of $859,856.10. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 35,688 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,824,348.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Christopher Fawzy sold 6,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.55, for a total transaction of $483,300.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 9,506 shares in the company, valued at approximately $765,708.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 20,665 shares of company stock valued at $1,646,320. 6.17% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on WWD. Barrington Research raised shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $98.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, November 9th. Wood & Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. Credit Suisse Group upped their price target on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from $78.00 to $81.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. BidaskClub raised shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 5th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $85.86.

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Woodward, Inc.Common Stock Profile

Woodward, Inc designs, manufactures, and services energy control and optimization solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets worldwide. Its Aerospace segment provides fuel pumps, metering units, actuators, air valves, specialty valves, fuel nozzles, and thrust reverser actuation systems for turbine engines and nacelles; and flight deck controls, actuators, servocontrols, motors, and sensors for aircraft that are used on commercial and private aircrafts and rotorcrafts, as well as in military fixed-wing aircrafts and rotorcrafts, weapons, and defense systems.

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