Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (NYSE:MTD) issued an update on its fourth quarter earnings guidance on Thursday morning. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $5.90 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $5.89. Mettler-Toledo International also updated its FY18 guidance to $19.65-19.85 EPS.

Shares of Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (MTD) traded down $43.11 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $646.00. 391,640 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 101,213. The company has a market cap of $17.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.74 and a beta of 1.13.

Mettler-Toledo International (NYSE:MTD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The medical instruments supplier reported $4.36 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $4.32 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $698.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $685.56 million. Mettler-Toledo International had a return on equity of 100.47% and a net margin of 16.44%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $3.89 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. will post 17.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

MTD has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Mettler-Toledo International from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. BidaskClub raised Mettler-Toledo International from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Wells Fargo & Company raised Mettler-Toledo International from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an equal weight rating and issued a $565.00 target price (up previously from $533.00) on shares of Mettler-Toledo International in a research note on Saturday, July 22nd. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a hold rating and issued a $550.00 target price on shares of Mettler-Toledo International in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $621.57.

In other Mettler-Toledo International news, Director Robert F. Spoerry sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $590.78, for a total transaction of $2,953,900.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 8,287 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,895,793.86. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Thomas Caratsch sold 150 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $578.00, for a total value of $86,700.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 920 shares in the company, valued at approximately $531,760. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 21,661 shares of company stock worth $12,863,692. Corporate insiders own 5.20% of the company’s stock.

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Mettler-Toledo International Company Profile

Mettler-Toledo International Inc is a supplier of precision instruments and services. The Company operates through five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations and Other. The Company manufactures weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, packaging, logistics and food retailing applications.

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