Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note published on Tuesday. The brokerage currently has $25.00 price target on the software maker’s stock.

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. “

A number of other research firms have also commented on RST. Barrington Research reiterated a buy rating and set a $27.00 price target (up from $24.00) on shares of Rosetta Stone in a report on Thursday, March 7th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Rosetta Stone from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Rosetta Stone presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $25.75.

Shares of Rosetta Stone stock opened at $22.81 on Tuesday. Rosetta Stone has a 52-week low of $12.74 and a 52-week high of $24.01. The firm has a market capitalization of $539.94 million, a PE ratio of -24.01 and a beta of 0.14.

Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, March 6th. The software maker reported ($0.19) EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.41) by $0.22. The firm had revenue of $44.57 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $44.00 million. As a group, analysts forecast that Rosetta Stone will post -0.68 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Nicholas C. Gaehde sold 10,092 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.54, for a total transaction of $237,565.68. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider M. Sean Hartford sold 16,988 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, March 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.70, for a total transaction of $368,639.60. Following the sale, the insider now owns 13,897 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $301,564.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 12.80% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of RST. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can bought a new position in Rosetta Stone in the 4th quarter worth $54,000. Legal & General Group Plc raised its holdings in Rosetta Stone by 34.8% in the 4th quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 3,936 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $65,000 after purchasing an additional 1,016 shares in the last quarter. Neuburgh Advisers LLC bought a new position in Rosetta Stone in the 4th quarter worth $76,000. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in Rosetta Stone in the 4th quarter worth $94,000. Finally, Citigroup Inc. raised its holdings in Rosetta Stone by 14.3% in the 4th quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 6,587 shares of the software maker’s stock worth $108,000 after purchasing an additional 825 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.55% of the company’s stock.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides technology-based learning products in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Literacy, E&E Language, and Consumer Language. The company develops, markets, and supports a suite of language-learning, literacy, and brain fitness solutions consisting of Web-based software subscriptions, perpetual software products, online and professional services, audio practice products, and mobile applications.

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