Hecla Mining (HL) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds

Shares of Hecla Mining (NYSE HL) traded down $0.06 during trading on Friday, hitting $3.54.

Taking a broader look brokerage firms' analysts on the street with an expectant view have Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) high price target of $8.5 and with a conservative view have low price target of $4.1. After the latest session, which saw the stock close at a price of $3.54, HL sits below its 52-week high. The company's 3-months average volume stands at 4.36 million. Prudential Financial Inc. owned 0.07% of Hecla Mining worth $1,489,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) recent rally took place on significantly more volume which surged almost 4.25 million contracts on 04-Dec-17 versus its daily average of 2.84 million. It has outperformed by 24.99% the S&P500.

Analysts await Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) to report earnings on February, 22. According to the Analysts, the Low Earnings estimate for the current quarter is $-0.24, while the High earnings estimate is $-0.07.Comparatively, EPS for the same quarter a year ago was $0. HL's profit will be $11.97 million for 30.29 P/E if the $0.03 EPS becomes a reality.

Previously Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) reported $0.04 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.02 by $0.02. A sudden increase in activity can be a sign that investors are trading in anticipation of a catalyst. Its up 0.40, from 0.94 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 26 investors sold Hecla Mining Company shares while 44 reduced holdings. 26 funds opened positions while 68 raised stakes. The investor is now holding $37.87 million shares due in part to a decrease of 1.39 million new shares in their portfolio.

Shares of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) have seen a movement of -1.67% in the most recent session. Hecla Mining Company (HL) has an operating margin of 10.70%. Royal Bancshares Of Canada holds 0% or 64,742 shares.

Significant upside exists as the Company has just recently brought the #4 Shaft at Lucky Friday online, plans to be mining underground at San Sebastian by early 2018 (just extended mill lease through 2020), and is in the permitting process for Rock Creek and Montanore projects in Montana, not far from current operations, with inferred resources more than double Hecla's current 2P silver reserves. Hecla Mining earned a news impact score of 0.13 on Accern's scale. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft FI grew its stake in shares of Hecla Mining by 3.2% in the third quarter.

The company's diluted EPS for trailing twelve months was 0.06. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board boosted its position in Hecla Mining by 14.0% in the third quarter. The larger the percentage, the better it is At the moment, Hecla Mining Company Return on Assets is 1.00%. Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL) has risen 41.69% since December 5, 2016 and is uptrending. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 60.33% of the company's stock.

A good way of assessing a public company's profitability is by looking at its Earnings per Share (EPS). Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock.

The mining industry for precious and base metals is highly competitive as well as highly regulated; Hecla operates in low-risk and mining-friendly jurisdictions with a North American focused asset portfolio, minimizing the geopolitical risk that some of its peers are facing overseas.

Fred's, Inc. (FRED) analysts on average have given a price target of $7.67 on FRED stock.

Hecla Mining Co.'s Average Earnings Estimate for the current quarter is $0.03, according to consensus of 6 analysts. The stock has "Overweight" rating by JP Morgan on Tuesday, August 9. The rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright on Friday, November 3 with "Buy". The stock has "Buy" rating by Deutsche Bank on Thursday, September 17. The firm has "Outperform" rating given on Wednesday, November 4 by BMO Capital Markets.

Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL) has the Market Capitalization of 1.41 Billion. As per Tuesday, September 6, the company rating was initiated by Rodman & Renshaw. The rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, September 18 with "Hold". As per Thursday, November 30, the company rating was upgraded by FBR Capital.

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, produces, and markets precious and base metal deposits worldwide. Now trading with a market value of 1.43B, the company has a mix of catalysts and obstacles that spring from the nature of its operations. The firm offers unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders; and lead, zinc, and bulk concentrates to custom smelters and brokers. A company with a high P/E ratio usually indicated positive future performance and investors are willing to pay more for this company's shares. Vanguard Incorporated stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Hecla Mining Company (NYSE:HL).

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