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Royce & Associates LP Takes $1.92 Million Position in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD)

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Royce & Associates LP bought a new stake in Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTLD – Get Rating) in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm bought 136,073 shares of the transportation company's stock, valued at approximately $1,915,000. Royce & Associates LP owned 0.17% of Heartland Express as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in the company. CWM LLC lifted its stake in shares of Heartland Express by 148.9% in the first quarter. CWM LLC now owns 1,859 shares of the transportation company's stock valued at $26,000 after buying an additional 1,112 shares during the period. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. lifted its stake in shares of Heartland Express by 28.1% in the fourth quarter. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. now owns 3,256 shares of the transportation company's stock valued at $55,000 after buying an additional 715 shares during the period. Signaturefd LLC lifted its stake in shares of Heartland Express by 135.0% in the first quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 3,649 shares of the transportation company's stock valued at $51,000 after buying an additional 2,096 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in shares of Heartland Express in the fourth quarter valued at about $169,000. Finally, ProShare Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Heartland Express in the fourth quarter valued at about $198,000. Institutional investors own 54.82% of the company's stock.

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Heartland Express Stock Up 0.6 %

Shares of HTLD opened at $15.89 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $1.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.08 and a beta of 0.55. The company has a quick ratio of 3.46, a current ratio of 2.34 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. Heartland Express, Inc. has a 12 month low of $12.78 and a 12 month high of $17.88. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $14.41 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $14.26.

Heartland Express (NASDAQ:HTLD – Get Rating) last posted its earnings results on Monday, July 25th. The transportation company reported $0.97 earnings per share ( EPS ) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.64. Heartland Express had a net margin of 21.64% and a return on equity of 18.49%. The company had revenue of $187.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $164.27 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.26 earnings per share. Heartland Express's quarterly revenue was up 21.5% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Heartland Express, Inc. will post 1.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Heartland Express Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, July 7th. Stockholders of record on Monday, June 27th were paid a $0.02 dividend. This represents a $0.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.50%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 24th. Heartland Express's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 4.57%.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

HTLD has been the subject of several research reports. StockNews.com upgraded shares of Heartland Express from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 27th. UBS Group raised their price target on shares of Heartland Express to $16.00 in a research note on Tuesday, July 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their price target on shares of Heartland Express from $16.00 to $15.00 and set a "neutral" rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 8th.

Heartland Express Profile

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Heartland Express, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a short-to-medium haul truckload carrier in the United States and Canada. It primarily provides nationwide asset-based dry van truckload service for shippers from Washington to Florida and New England to California; and temperature-controlled truckload services.

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