Cowen and Company Reiterates Hold Rating for Rockwell Automation, Inc. (ROK)

Cowen and Company reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE:ROK) in a research report released on Sunday. They currently have a $140.00 price target on the industrial products company’s stock.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued a hold rating on shares of Rockwell Automation in a research report on Friday, August 18th. BidaskClub cut shares of Rockwell Automation from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Sunday, July 30th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Rockwell Automation from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Saturday, July 1st. Wolfe Research assumed coverage on shares of Rockwell Automation in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. They issued a peer perform rating for the company. Finally, HSBC Holdings plc reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $147.00 price target (up previously from $134.00) on shares of Rockwell Automation in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Rockwell Automation has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $152.27.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) opened at 177.58 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $22.79 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.64 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a 50-day moving average of $164.79 and a 200-day moving average of $160.06. Rockwell Automation has a one year low of $113.50 and a one year high of $178.11.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE:ROK) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The industrial products company reported $1.76 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.64 by $0.12. Rockwell Automation had a net margin of 13.04% and a return on equity of 40.71%. The company had revenue of $1.60 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.58 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.55 earnings per share. Rockwell Automation’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Rockwell Automation will post $6.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, Director Keith D. Nosbusch sold 20,000 shares of Rockwell Automation stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.50, for a total value of $3,310,000.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 411,286 shares in the company, valued at $68,067,833. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Blake D. Moret sold 3,100 shares of Rockwell Automation stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $164.88, for a total transaction of $511,128.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 65,825 shares of company stock worth $10,917,484. Company insiders own 1.65% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Frontier Investment Mgmt Co. acquired a new position in Rockwell Automation during the second quarter worth about $620,000. Griffin Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Rockwell Automation during the second quarter worth about $453,000. United Bank VA boosted its position in Rockwell Automation by 0.6% during the second quarter. United Bank VA now owns 12,539 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $2,031,000 after acquiring an additional 72 shares during the last quarter. Hall Laurie J Trustee boosted its position in Rockwell Automation by 4.9% during the second quarter. Hall Laurie J Trustee now owns 2,375 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $385,000 after acquiring an additional 110 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank boosted its position in Rockwell Automation by 38.4% during the second quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 48,242 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $7,812,000 after acquiring an additional 13,394 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.61% of the company’s stock.

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc (Rockwell Automation) is a provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions for manufacturers. The Company operates through two segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. The Architecture & Software segment contains various hardware, software and communication components of the Company’s integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s industrial processes and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise.

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