Apria (NYSE:HAYW) shares gapped down prior to trading on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $16.74, but opened at $16.37. Apria shares last traded at $16.64, with a volume of 2,247 shares.
Several research analysts have recently commented on HAYW shares. Jefferies Financial Group started coverage on Apria in a report on Tuesday. They issued a “buy” rating and a $20.00 price objective on the stock. Wolfe Research initiated coverage on Apria in a report on Tuesday. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Robert W. Baird initiated coverage on Apria in a report on Tuesday. They set an “outperform” rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock. Bank of America initiated coverage on Apria in a report on Tuesday. They set a “buy” rating and a $21.00 price target on the stock. Finally, The Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Apria in a report on Tuesday. They set a “buy” rating and a $27.00 price target on the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $21.33.
In other Apria news, CEO Kevin Holleran acquired 8,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 16th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $17.00 per share, with a total value of $136,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, major shareholder Ccmp Capital, Lp sold 7,190,598 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.07, for a total value of $115,552,909.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders bought 26,000 shares of company stock worth $442,000.
Hayward Holdings, Inc operates as a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of various pool equipment and associated automation systems. The company offers a range of pool equipment, including pumps, filters, heaters, automatic cleaners, sanitizers, controls, and LED lights, as well as industrial thermoplastic valves and process liquid control products for in-ground residential pools, above ground pools, and commercial pools.
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