The Landauer, Inc. (LDR) Upgraded to "Neutral" at Hilliard Lyons

Shares of Landauer Inc (NYSE:LDR) reached a new 52-week high on Wednesday. The stock last traded at $68.10 a great deal higher than $59.69, the stock's 50 day moving average and significantly above the 200 day moving average of $53.58.

Short traders are feeling a little more bearish on shares of Landauer, Inc. of late if you look at the change in short interest.

LDR has been the topic of several research reports. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its position in Landauer by 4.2% during the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 167,586 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company's stock worth $8,170,000 after buying an additional 4,910 shares in the last quarter. As of the end of the quarter Chartwell Investment Partners, LLC had sold a total of 3,675 shares trimming its position 1.0%. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 2,250 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company's stock valued at $110,000 after buying an additional 151 shares during the period.

These funds have shifted positions in (LDR). Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 271,978 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company's stock valued at $13,259,000 after buying an additional 22,430 shares during the period. Boston Advisors LLC bought a new position in Landauer during the first quarter valued at about $793,000. Finally, Bank of America Corp DE grew its position in Landauer by 81.8% during the first quarter. Ubs Group Ag owns 169 shares valued at $9,000. Institutional investors own 80.99% of the company's stock. The firm has a market cap of $654.18 million, a PE ratio of 35.150 and a beta of 1.27. The 50 day moving average was up by +14.85% whereas the 200 day moving average was up $14.33 or +26.85%.

Landauer (NYSE:LDR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The scientific and technical instruments company reported $0.67 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.49 by $0.18. Landauer had a return on equity of 96.20% and a net margin of 16.55%. The business had revenue of $39.89 million for the quarter. Next quarter's EPS is forecasted to be $0.45 with next year's EPS anticipated to be $1.95.

Additionally the company recently declared a dividend for shareholders that will be paid on Tuesday the 3rd of October 2017. The stock realized a rise in short interest between July 31, 2017 and August 15, 2017 of 0.46%. The ex-dividend date has been established as Wednesday the 14th of June 2017. This represents a $1.10 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.62%. Landauer has a dividend payout ratio of 60.4% indicating that its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings.

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Among 2 analysts covering Landauer (NYSE:LDR), 0 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold.

Landauer, Inc., launched on November 23, 1987, is a provider of technical and analytical services to determine occupational and environmental radiation exposure.

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