Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) was downgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Friday.

A number of other research analysts also recently commented on HCCI. ValuEngine downgraded Heritage-Crystal Clean from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, September 17th. Robert W. Baird raised Heritage-Crystal Clean from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised Heritage-Crystal Clean from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $25.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, October 17th. Finally, Barrington Research reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 target price on shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $27.80.

Shares of HCCI opened at $25.97 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $610.14 million, a P/E ratio of 38.19, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 1.57. Heritage-Crystal Clean has a one year low of $18.00 and a one year high of $28.70. The company has a quick ratio of 2.17, a current ratio of 2.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.12.

Heritage-Crystal Clean (NASDAQ:HCCI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 17th. The industrial products company reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25 by $0.02. Heritage-Crystal Clean had a return on equity of 7.76% and a net margin of 6.00%. The firm had revenue of $99.67 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $96.20 million. On average, research analysts anticipate that Heritage-Crystal Clean will post 0.72 EPS for the current year.

In other Heritage-Crystal Clean news, VP Ellie Bruce sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.51, for a total transaction of $106,040.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 80,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,134,055. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 14.80% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $242,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean by 55.1% in the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 11,591 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $247,000 after purchasing an additional 4,117 shares during the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $262,000. Globeflex Capital L P lifted its holdings in shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean by 14.5% in the 2nd quarter. Globeflex Capital L P now owns 17,400 shares of the industrial products company’s stock worth $350,000 after purchasing an additional 2,200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Heritage-Crystal Clean in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $364,000. 62.10% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Heritage-Crystal Clean

Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc, through its subsidiary, Heritage-Crystal Clean, LLC, provides parts cleaning, and hazardous and non-hazardous containerized waste services to small and mid-sized customers in the vehicle maintenance and manufacturing services industries in North America. It operates in two segments, Environmental Services and Oil Business.

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