Sawtooth Solutions LLC bought a new stake in shares of Marten Transport, Ltd (NASDAQ:MRTN) during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund bought 14,586 shares of the transportation company’s stock, valued at approximately $260,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in MRTN. Quantamental Technologies LLC increased its stake in shares of Marten Transport by 2,408.3% in the first quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC now owns 3,311 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $59,000 after purchasing an additional 3,179 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can increased its holdings in shares of Marten Transport by 33.4% during the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 4,767 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $77,000 after purchasing an additional 1,193 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. bought a new position in shares of Marten Transport during the fourth quarter worth approximately $91,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its holdings in shares of Marten Transport by 421.9% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 8,199 shares of the transportation company’s stock worth $146,000 after purchasing an additional 6,628 shares during the period. Finally, Acadian Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Marten Transport during the first quarter worth approximately $167,000. 69.65% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

MRTN has been the topic of several recent research reports. BidaskClub raised shares of Marten Transport from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Marten Transport from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus set a $18.00 price objective on shares of Marten Transport and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. Marten Transport has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $20.33.

NASDAQ:MRTN traded up $0.27 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $18.16. The stock had a trading volume of 704 shares, compared to its average volume of 215,334. The stock has a market capitalization of $964.42 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.00 and a beta of 1.55. Marten Transport, Ltd has a 12 month low of $15.39 and a 12 month high of $24.55.

Marten Transport (NASDAQ:MRTN) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 16th. The transportation company reported $0.25 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $199.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $196.60 million. Marten Transport had a net margin of 7.28% and a return on equity of 10.23%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.19 earnings per share. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Marten Transport, Ltd will post 1.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 28th. Investors of record on Friday, June 14th will be paid a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 13th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.66%. Marten Transport’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 12.00%.

In related news, Director Thomas J. Winkel sold 6,250 shares of Marten Transport stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.41, for a total value of $127,562.50. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 28,241 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $576,398.81. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 23.00% of the company’s stock.

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Marten Transport Company Profile

Marten Transport, Ltd. operates as a temperature-sensitive truckload carrier for shippers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal, and Brokerage. The Truckload segment transports food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment.

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