Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (WWD) Shares Bought by Nuance Investments LLC

Nuance Investments LLC grew its position in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) by 9.8% in the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 126,432 shares of the technology company’s stock after acquiring an additional 11,312 shares during the period. Nuance Investments LLC owned 0.21% of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock worth $9,718,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in WWD. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 4.1% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,977,566 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $459,435,000 after buying an additional 236,693 shares in the last quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 40.8% during the 1st quarter. Eagle Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,444,322 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $103,500,000 after buying an additional 418,470 shares in the last quarter. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI increased its stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 3.2% during the 1st quarter. Fiduciary Management Inc. WI now owns 1,353,719 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $97,008,000 after purchasing an additional 41,838 shares during the last quarter. Champlain Investment Partners LLC increased its stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 24.7% during the 1st quarter. Champlain Investment Partners LLC now owns 1,227,650 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $87,973,000 after purchasing an additional 242,845 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Brown Advisory Inc. increased its stake in shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock by 20.7% during the 1st quarter. Brown Advisory Inc. now owns 991,484 shares of the technology company’s stock worth $71,050,000 after purchasing an additional 169,751 shares during the last quarter. 74.11% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of brokerages recently commented on WWD. BidaskClub lowered shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 4th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Barrington Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in a research note on Wednesday, August 1st. Finally, Wood & Company reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Woodward, Inc.Common Stock in a research note on Monday, July 30th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $80.00.

In other news, insider Chad Robert Preiss sold 4,812 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.79, for a total transaction of $388,761.48. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 21,812 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,762,191.48. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, Director Paul Donovan sold 11,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $76.32, for a total transaction of $870,048.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 49,734 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,795,698.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 40,324 shares of company stock valued at $3,175,506. 6.17% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Shares of NASDAQ:WWD opened at $79.24 on Monday. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock has a 12-month low of $67.04 and a 12-month high of $89.30. The company has a market cap of $4.89 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.08, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.70 and a beta of 1.31. The company has a current ratio of 2.11, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock (NASDAQ:WWD) last announced its earnings results on Monday, July 30th. The technology company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.00 by $0.12. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock had a net margin of 7.59% and a return on equity of 15.40%. The firm had revenue of $588.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $578.51 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.85 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 4.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts expect that Woodward, Inc.Common Stock will post 3.79 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 4th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 21st will be issued a dividend of $0.142 per share. This represents a $0.57 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.72%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 20th. Woodward, Inc.Common Stock’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 18.04%.

Woodward, Inc.Common Stock Company Profile

Woodward, Inc engages in the provision of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and industrial markets. It operates through the Aerospace and Industrial segments. The Aerospace segment designs, manufactures, and services systems and products for the management of fuel, air, combustion and motion control.

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