Jane Street Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund acquired 3,687 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $283,000.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WWD. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 4.1% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,977,566 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $459,435,000 after acquiring an additional 236,693 shares in the last quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. grew its holdings in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 20.7% during the first quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 991,484 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $71,050,000 after buying an additional 169,751 shares in the last quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 11.6% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 918,121 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $70,566,000 after buying an additional 95,756 shares in the last quarter. Pembroke Management LTD bought a new stake in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock during the second quarter worth $7,254,000. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada grew its holdings in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 9.7% during the first quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 989,241 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $70,888,000 after buying an additional 87,342 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.65% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock stock opened at $76.33 on Friday. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has a 12-month low of $68.56 and a 12-month high of $89.30. The firm has a market cap of $4.78 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.16, a P/E/G ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 2.11 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 30th. The technology company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.12. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock had a return on equity of 15.40% and a net margin of 7.59%. The business had revenue of $588.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $578.51 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.85 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Woodward, Inc.Common Stock will post 3.79 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, November 27th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 13th will be given a $0.1425 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 9th. This represents a $0.57 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.75%. This is a boost from Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s payout ratio is currently 18.04%.

In other Woodward, Inc.Common Stock news, CFO Robert F. Weber, Jr. sold 9,135 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.09, for a total value of $731,622.15. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 35,688 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,858,251.92. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Christopher Fawzy sold 6,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.55, for a total value of $483,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly 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 three months, insiders sold 38,724 shares of company stock worth $3,091,922. Insiders own 6.17% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on WWD shares. ValuEngine downgraded Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 7th. Wood & Company reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $99.00 price target on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in a report on Wednesday, September 26th. Barrington Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in a report on Friday, July 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 5th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $82.38.

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock Company 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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