Zacks Investment Research Lowers Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST) to Hold

Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Rosetta Stone Inc., based in Arlington, Va, is a leading provider of technology-based language learning solutions consisting of software, online services and audio practice tools, primarily under the Rosetta Stone brand. Rosetta Stone offers its self-study language learning solutions in 31 languages. Its customers include individuals, educational institutions, armed forces, government agencies and corporations. Rosetta Stone, Inc. also provides an online peer-to-peer practice environment, known as SharedTalk, at, where registered language learners meet for language exchange to practice their foreign language skills. As the leading language-learning software in the world, Rosetta Stone makes learning a new language second nature. Millions of learners in more than 150 countries have already used the company’s software to gain the confidence that comes with truly knowing a new language. “

Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) opened at 8.11 on Wednesday. The stock’s market capitalization is $178.27 million. The company has a 50 day moving average of $8.51 and a 200 day moving average of $7.93. Rosetta Stone has a 52 week low of $6.17 and a 52 week high of $9.22.

Rosetta Stone (NYSE:RST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported ($0.41) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.67) by $0.26. The business earned $45.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $42.93 million. Rosetta Stone had a negative net margin of 17.48% and a negative return on equity of 129.51%. The company’s revenue was down 11.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted ($0.38) earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Rosetta Stone will post ($1.94) EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Rhumbline Advisers purchased a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $140,000. A.R.T. Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $164,000. American Century Companies Inc. purchased a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $166,000. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its position in Rosetta Stone by 119.5% in the second quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 22,174 shares of the company’s stock worth $172,000 after buying an additional 12,074 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Emerald Acquisition Ltd. purchased a new position in Rosetta Stone during the second quarter worth $219,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 72.56% of the company’s stock.

Rosetta Stone Company Profile

Rosetta Stone Inc (Rosetta Stone) offers personalized language and reading programs. The Company’s solutions are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and individuals around the world. Its segments include Enterprise & Education, which derives revenues from sales to educational institutions, corporations and government agencies worldwide, and Consumer, which derives revenue from sales to individuals and retail partners.

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