Transcat (NASDAQ:TRNS) Cut to “Sell” at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Transcat (NASDAQ:TRNS) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report published on Wednesday, December 20th.

According to Zacks, “Transcat, Inc. distributes test and measurement instruments and provides accredited calibration services to a variety of industries including life sciences, pharmaceutical, petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, public utility, pulp and paper, communications, automotive and aerospace. “

A number of other equities research analysts also recently commented on TRNS. Dougherty & Co initiated coverage on Transcat in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. They issued a buy rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock. Singular Research initiated coverage on Transcat in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. They issued a buy rating and a $15.30 price target on the stock.

Transcat (NASDAQ TRNS) traded down $0.15 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $13.85. The stock had a trading volume of 2,829 shares, compared to its average volume of 19,642. The company has a market capitalization of $100.38, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.03, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.38 and a beta of 0.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 2.24. Transcat has a 1 year low of $10.50 and a 1 year high of $15.15.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of TRNS. Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in shares of Transcat by 9.5% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 18,062 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $220,000 after buying an additional 1,570 shares during the last quarter. QCI Asset Management Inc. NY raised its stake in shares of Transcat by 10.0% during the 2nd quarter. QCI Asset Management Inc. NY now owns 24,587 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $299,000 after buying an additional 2,226 shares during the last quarter. Quantum Capital Management purchased a new position in shares of Transcat during the 3rd quarter valued at about $696,000. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Transcat by 3.4% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 133,579 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $1,623,000 after buying an additional 4,450 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Neuberger Berman Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Transcat by 3.1% during the 2nd quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 164,993 shares of the scientific and technical instruments company’s stock valued at $2,005,000 after buying an additional 4,900 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 56.69% of the company’s stock.

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About Transcat

Transcat, Inc is a provider of calibration and laboratory instrument services and a distributor of professional grade test, measurement and control instrumentation. The Company conducts its business through two segments: service (Service) and distribution (Distribution). Through the Service segment, the Company offers calibration, repair, inspection, analytical qualifications, preventative maintenance and other related services, a majority of which are processed through its asset management system, CalTrak (CalTrak).

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