Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Hexcel (NYSE:HXL) from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report report published on Monday morning, BenzingaRatingsTable reports. Credit Suisse Group currently has $91.00 price target on the aerospace company’s stock, up from their prior price target of $78.00.

A number of other research firms have also commented on HXL. Canaccord Genuity lowered Hexcel from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday. ValuEngine raised Hexcel from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report on Friday, January 3rd. Cowen set a $87.00 target price on Hexcel and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Friday, September 27th. BMO Capital Markets decreased their target price on Hexcel from $88.00 to $84.00 and set an outperform rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 23rd. Finally, Longbow Research downgraded Hexcel from a neutral rating to an underperform rating and set a $62.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, January 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $81.66.

NYSE HXL opened at $79.16 on Monday. Hexcel has a fifty-two week low of $59.66 and a fifty-two week high of $87.00. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $76.39 and its two-hundred day moving average is $79.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79, a current ratio of 2.22 and a quick ratio of 1.21. The firm has a market cap of $6.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 0.97.

Hexcel (NYSE:HXL) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 21st. The aerospace company reported $0.90 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.88 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $572.50 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $598.88 million. Hexcel had a return on equity of 21.74% and a net margin of 12.73%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Hexcel will post 3.53 EPS for the current year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its position in Hexcel by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 18,279 shares of the aerospace company’s stock worth $1,478,000 after purchasing an additional 158 shares during the last quarter. HM Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Hexcel by 1.1% during the 3rd quarter. HM Capital Management LLC now owns 14,555 shares of the aerospace company’s stock valued at $1,195,000 after acquiring an additional 160 shares during the last quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its position in shares of Hexcel by 46.4% during the 3rd quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 751 shares of the aerospace company’s stock valued at $62,000 after acquiring an additional 238 shares during the last quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL raised its position in shares of Hexcel by 1.1% during the 3rd quarter. Virginia Retirement Systems ET AL now owns 27,400 shares of the aerospace company’s stock valued at $2,250,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Finally, US Bancorp DE raised its position in shares of Hexcel by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 27,215 shares of the aerospace company’s stock valued at $2,201,000 after acquiring an additional 329 shares during the last quarter. 96.34% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Hexcel Company Profile

Hexcel Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets structural materials for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial markets. It operates in two segments, Composite Materials and Engineered Products. The Composite Materials segment manufactures and markets carbon fibers, fabrics and specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, structural adhesives, honeycomb, molding compounds, tooling materials, polyurethane systems, and laminates that are used in military and commercial aircraft, wind turbine blades, recreational products, and other industrial applications, as well as in cars, boats, and trains.

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